Delhi air pollution: Kejriwal orders schools to close for 3 days

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Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has said that all schools will remain closed for three days in view of the worsening pollution situation in the national capital.

In a specially convened press conference, Kejriwal said that emergency measures were needed to tackle the alarming situation.

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Air pollution level rises high as thick smog envelops Delhi, on Saturday.

He said, “Instead of politicising Delhi’s pollution issue, we need to solve it together.”

Here are the highlights of his press conference:

  • For next 5 days, all the constructions and demolitions will be shut down
  • No DG sets to be used in Delhi for next 10 days except hospitals and emergency places; Badarpur power plant to be shut down for 10 days
  • Schools will be closed for next 3 days in Delhi
  • Vacuum cleaning of roads will start from Nov 10; Jet sprinkling of roads from tomorrow; Govt to bring odd even soon
  • Landfill sites fire to be bulldozed; People should stay at home as much as they can, work from home
  • Cabinet discussed about artificial rain and now needs Centre’s support; Crop-burning will continue and so can’t expect relief soon
  • Transportation of fly ash will be stopped for 10 days

On Saturday a thick shroud of menacing grey haze blanketed the national capital on as pollution level breached the safe limit by over 17 times at places, prompting Chief Minister Arvind Kerjriwal to describe Delhi as a “gas chamber” and seek the Centre’s intervention.

Kejriwal appealed to people to minimise the use of private vehicles in view of the situation and switch to public transportation facilities.

Lt Governor Najeeb Jung has also called for a high-level meeting on Monday to take stock of the immediate, short-term and long term measures, in which he invited Kejriwal, health minister Satyendar Jain, environment minister Imran Hussain, the Delhi Chief Secretary, and representatives of Police and the civic bodies.

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