New Delhi, Nov 7: Due to alarming pollution levels in the national capital, all primary schools will remain closed on Wednesday, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said, adding if needed will extend order till day after.
Apart from this, all outdoor activities in schools, including morning and afternoon assemblies, have been suspended, he stated.
The National Capital Region on Tuesday 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.
The average Air Quality Index in Delhi-NCR combined was recorded 412, considered “severe”, while PM2.5 volume was 400 as reported by the Central Pollution Control Board at 1 p.m.
The decision to shut schools was taken in a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal with officials of Education, Health, and Environment Departments.
Earlier in the day, Kejriwal said that he has urged Sisodia “to consider closing schools for a few days considering high level of pollution”.