In view of increasing air pollution in the Delhi-NCR region, Haryana has decided to keep schools shut in Gurugram, Faridabad, Sonipat and Jhajjar till November 17.
A ban has also been imposed on stubble burning to check air pollution. No construction-related works will be carried out during this period. Civic bodies have been asked to keep a check on the burning of waste.
Expressing concerns over increasing air pollution and worsening Air Quality Index (AQI) in the national capital, the Supreme Court on November 13 directed the Centre and the Delhi Government to inform it by November 15 if “emergency measures” such as “lockdown for two days” or “stopping vehicles” should be imposed to prevent further deterioration in the situation.
Later in the evening, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced that schools in the national capital would be closed for a week starting November 15. The decision was taken to ensure that children did not breathe polluted air.
Kejriwal said government officials would be working from home for a week and private offices were also told to follow the same protocol.
He also mentioned that the Delhi Government was working on a proposal for lockdown in the national capital. The proposal would be presented to the Supreme Court.
Following Delhi's decision to remain schools shut for a week, Haryana on Sunday passed orders to keep schools shut in Gurugram, Faridabad, Sonipat and Jhajjar till November 17.