November 28, 2021

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New Delhi has ordered the closure of schools and the return to telecommunications due to high levels of air poisoning

Pollution in New Delhi EFE / EPA / RAJAT GUPTA

The New Delhi government on Saturday ordered the closure of schools and the suspension of delivery and construction work of public servants. As an emergency measure against High levels of air toxicity, Peaked a week later.

LOnline classes are to be conducted in Delhi schools from Monday, all construction activities will be closed and government offices will be working from home for a weekThe Delhi government chief announced. Arvind Kejriwal, In a statement to reporters.

“For a week from Monday Schools will be closed so that children do not breathe polluted air“, He said.

Similarly, government offices will also be under 100 percent teleworking system at its capacity for a week, And private offices will receive a notice to select this measure as soon as possible, he added.

Stock image of pollution in New Delhi city.  EFE / EPA / Rajat Gupta
Stock image of pollution in New Delhi city. EFE / EPA / Rajat Gupta

The move was announced just hours after the Indian Supreme Court asked officials to plan to control it Severe wind crisis in the Indian capital, with its average air quality index (AQI) hovering above 400 per week, with a maximum of 500.

At the AQI level, Values ​​above 100 are considered dangerous for children, the elderly and those with respiratory or heart problems, while those above 300 are considered dangerous for the general public..

According to the Central Pollution Control Bureau (CPCB), the average AQI in New Delhi is Today 437, yesterday 471.

On November 12, 2021, a woman crosses the tracks of a freight train on a smoky day in New Delhi, India.  REUTERS / Anusree Fatnavis
On November 12, 2021, a woman crosses the railway tracks as a freight train passes by on a smoky day in New Delhi, India. REUTERS / Anusree Fatnavis

The Indian government yesterday ordered the CBCB officials to be “fully prepared” to take emergency measures in the face of severe air poisoning.

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One of the recommendations of the CPCB Employers and public offices should reduce the use of their employees’ vehicles by 30% Telecommunication or traffic sharing to reduce emissions. They also advised to clean the streets with water or to close more polluting factories like brick or gravel factories.

The Indian capital has been submerged for several days Dense toxic fog has also significantly reduced vision, Due to particles suspended in the air.

A tunnel passes the Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute and Research Center as it approaches the Ritala Metro Station on a smoky morning in Delhi, India on November 12, 2021.  REUTERS / Navesh Chitrakar
A tunnel passes the Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute and Research Center as it approaches the Ritala Metro Station on a smoky morning in Delhi, India on November 12, 2021. REUTERS / Navesh Chitrakar

Delhi is a problem due to many factors including air toxicity Pollution from coal-fired industries, burning of timber, fireworks exploding during festive seasons and vehicle pollution, A cocktail that gets worse with the temperature drop at this time of year.

The situation is likely to worsen in the coming days as some c.Weather conditions “very unfavorable for the spread of pollution”Warned the CPCB. These unfavorable conditions, which will continue until at least November 18, include a drop in wind intensity and temperature.

Study by the Swiss Air Quality Technology Institute IQAir Released this year India has 22 of the 30 most polluted cities in the world.

(With information from EFE)

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