In order to curb the extreme pollution levels in the capital, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has announced a one-week action plan.
For now schools will be shut, no physical classes will be held in Delhi schools. Besides, the week-plan will be effective starting the coming Monday for a week.
CM Kejriwal chalked out this plan after the Supreme Court took cognisance of the air pollution problem. The pollution levels are dire, choking the entire Delhi/NCR region.
There are some of the immediate measures to save people from the extreme levels of air pollution in the capital.
Therefore, the government had announced that people will switch to work from home for 100 per cent of the workforce.
Also, the private offices will be asked to go for Work From Home option as much as possible, Kejriwal announced.
There will be no construction activity allowed between November 14 and 17. It is worth mentioning that the apex court had even suggested the government to go for a lockdown, if possible.
Every year, the arrival of winters also begets smog for Delhi-NCR. It gets aggravated by the stubble burning from the neighbouring states as well.
Delhi schools shut for a week in the wake of air pollution
Many central and regional air quality monitoring agencies have flagged the extreme air pollution levels in Delhi.
The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) had even sounded an emergency this Friday.
The Board had issued an advisory asking people not to venture outdoors and even suggested that government and private offices can switch to work-from-home (WFH) option.
The Supreme Court taking cognisance of the worsening air quality in Delhi said that the people are wearing masks even inside their houses.
Moreover, the bench pointed out other reasons for the choking air pollution levels in the capital like vehicular emissions, firecrackers and dust among others.
Furthermore, the apex court expressed concern for the schools in Delhi. The schools have just resumed physical classes from November 1 itself.
It has also asked the government to take some immediate urgent measures like a two-day lockdown.
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