Schools Closed: Big news for students! Schools and colleges will remain closed in Delhi NCR till further orders

Highlights

  • Schools and colleges have been closed due to pollution.
  • Schools and colleges will not open till further orders
  • Students will continue their studies through online classes.

The Air Quality Management Commission (CAQM) late on Tuesday night directed that schools, colleges and educational institutions in the National Capital Region (NCR) will remain closed till further orders and only online education will be allowed. The Commission directed that out of 11 thermal power plants located within 300 km radius of Delhi, only five – NTPC, Jhajjar, Mahatma Gandhi TPS, CLP Jhajjar, Panipat TPS, HPGCL, Nabha Power Limited TPS, Rajpura and Talwandi Sabo TPS, Mansa Will be open till 30th November.

The commission has directed the states falling in Delhi and NCR to comply with “C&D” waste management rules and dust control norms in the region till November 21 on “Railway services or railway stations, Metro Rail Corporation services, stations, airports and inter- All construction and demolition activities, including State Bus Terminals (ISBTS) and except activities related to national security or defense or projects of national importance, have been directed to stop.

To check the rising level of air pollution, the entry of trucks carrying non-essential goods has been banned in Delhi till Sunday. The commission held a meeting on Tuesday with senior officials of Delhi and NCR states of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan regarding severe air pollution in the region, ahead of the Supreme Court hearing on the matter.

“All public and private schools, colleges and educational institutions in NCR will remain closed till further orders and only online education will be allowed,” the CAQM instructions said. It has been directed to allow work from home with at least 50 percent attendance of its employees and encourage private establishments to follow this rule.

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“All industries still using unapproved fuel in NCR will be closed with immediate effect by the respective governments… There will be strict restrictions on the use of DG sets except for state and GNCTD emergency services in NCR,” the commission said.

Authorities in the NCR have been ordered to ensure that diesel and petrol vehicles older than 10 years and 15 years respectively are not found plying on the road. The Delhi government has been directed to procure sufficient number of CNG buses at the earliest and take them off the roads.

The Chief Secretaries of Delhi and NCR states have been directed to monitor the implementation of the directions on a regular basis and file compliance reports before the Commission on Monday.

The Delhi government had ordered the closure of direct classes in schools, colleges and other educational institutions for a week from Monday. All government offices, agencies and autonomous bodies have been asked to work from home except those involved in essential services.

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