The Delhi administration declared on Sunday, November 5, that elementary schools will remain closed in the city until November 10 due to the ongoing “severe” level of air pollution in the nation’s capital. This is in response to the city’s Sunday morning AQI reading of 410, which raised more concerns about the health of young people and the elderly. The Delhi administration declared on Thursday that both government and private schools will be closed on Friday and Saturday. The government has declared that it would be extended for the next five days due to the worsening state of the air quality.
“Primary schools in Delhi will remain closed until November 10th due to the persistently high levels of pollution. Schools have the option of switching to online instruction for Grades 6–12,” Delhi Education Minister Atishi wrote on X, formerly Twitter.
The national capital woke up to an air quality index of 410 on Sunday, November 5, which is classified as “Severe,” meaning there was no break from the noxious air it had been breathing for the previous few days. People are being strangled by the ongoing air pollution and are being forced to stay indoors. A same fate has befallen the neighbouring national capital region, which has maintained an AQI in the “Severe” category.
People in the capital city were hardly conscious when they woke up due to a dense blanket of pollution.
AQI was measured at 412, IGI T3 at 484, Dwarka Sector 8 at 491, Najafgarh at 480, Nehru Nagar at 485, North Campus at 442, RK Puram at 494, and Shadipur at 492 by Delhi’s ITO this morning at 8 a.m.
Hazardous air quality was also reported for the nearby cities of Ghaziabad (410), Gurugram (441), Noida (436), Greater Noida (467), and Faridabad (461).
The classification of an AQI is as follows: 0–50 = “good”, 51–100 = “satisfactory”, 101–200 = “moderate”, 201–300 = “poor”, 301–400 = “very poor”, and 401–500 = “severe”.
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