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Delhi Govt decides to close primary schools from tomorrow till the air pollution level improves

New Delhi, Nov 04:-- Delhi government has decided to shut all primary schools and classes in the national capital form tomorrow till the air pollution level improves in the city. It was announced by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at press conference. He said, the city government is also considering to implement Odd-Even scheme in the national capital if required.


AIR correspondent reports that the Commission for Air Quality Management in NCR  and Adjoining Areas (CAQM) has also itensified its action to check air polution in the national capital.


As a precautionary step to avoid further deterioration of overall air quality in the NCR,  the Commission yesterday ordered implementation of fourth stage of Graded Response Action Plan.


Under it, entry of truck into Delhi has been banned except for trucks carrying essential commodities, providing essential services and all CNG  and electric trucks.


Besides, plying of 4-wheeler diesel Light Motor Vehicles in the National Capital and Districts of NCR bordering Delhi has also been banned, except BS-VI vehicles and vehicles used for essential and emergency services.


The Commission has also ordered shutting down all industries in NCR, even in areas which do not have Piped Natural Gas infrastructure but still running on fuels.


However, industries including milk and dairy units and those involved in manufacturing of life-saving medical equipment and devices, drugs and medicines will be exempted from the restrictions.


The Commission also directed to ban construction works in public projects including highways, flyovers, power transmission and pipelines in the region.


Delhi government and NCR state governments have been asked to decide on allowing public, municipal and private offices to work on 50 percent strength and the rest to work from home.


Meanwhile, India Meteorological Department (IMD) has said that the overall air quality in the national capital wihich was in severe plus category yesterday, has now started improving from today.


Talking to AIR News, senior scientist at the IMD, Dr V K Soni said that the condition is likely to improve further and tomorrow for two days, the overall air quality will remain in very poor category.


Dr Soni attributed the change in the direction of the wind from northwesterly to southwesterly to the improvement in air quality in Delhi.


Talking to AIR News, Senior Chest Physician of RML Hospital, Delhi  Dr Desh Deepak has advised the general public to avoid going outside for exercise in view of the air pollution and instead they practice it indoors.


He advised those suffering from respiratory diseases to go out if necessary with wearing N-95 mask.

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