New Delhi, Nov 8: As pollution has reached to its alarming level in the capital, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Wednesday announced that all schools and colleges will shut till Sunday.
Sisodia, who is also the Education Minister, said in a tweet “Delhi’s air quality is getting worse. In this situation, there can be no compromise on children’s health”.
The directive came as the air quality in Delhi and NCR dropped to the “severe” level with an average range of dangerous PM2.5 particles measured at 475 micrograms per cubic meter in the region.
The “severe” level between 400 and 500 of PM2.5 “affects healthy people and seriously impacts those with existing diseases”, according to Central Pollution Control Board.
This comes a day after Sisodia said all primary schools including private , government and central will remain closed on Wednesday, adding if needed will extend order till day after
The National Capital Region yestereday witnessed its worst air quality of the year — which was even worse than a day after Diwali — as a yellow blanket of smog heavily covered the sky.