Delhi deputy chief minister, Manish Sisodia, on Tuesday said that all primary schools will remain closed tomorrow( Wednesday) in view of the alarming rise the pollution level.
Speaking to reporters at the state secretariat, Sisodia, who also holds the education portfolio, said that if needed the schools will remain closed even on Thursday.
“Outdoor activities including assemblies should not take place in schools,” said Sisodia.
The announcement came hours after Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that he had requested Sisodia to consider closing the schools.
His tweet had said, “Considering high level of pollution, I have requested Sh Manish Sisodia, Education Minister, to consider closing schools for a few days.”
Kejriwal added, “All of us together have to find a soln to this. Every year, during this time of the year, Del becomes a gas chamber for almost a month.”
Meanwhile, he National Green Tribunal today took the the governments of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana to task and asked them to explain why preventive steps were not taken to control the ‘severe’ air quality in the region.
A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar lambasted the state governments for not being prepared in advance to tackle the emergency situation.
The national capital woke up this morning to ‘severe’ air quality under a blanket of thick haze, as pollution levels breached the permissible standards by multiple times.
The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) recorded ‘severe’ air quality, meaning that the intensity of pollution was extreme.
“The ambient air quality is so bad that children are not able to breath properly. Why didn’t you not spray water using helicopters as per our direction? You take instructions and inform us day after tomorrow,” the bench was quoted by PTI.