The Delhi government, which swung into action after the Supreme Court rebuked it for continuing to remain in the ‘severe’ category of air quality in Delhi, has closed all schools in Delhi for a week from Monday. Work from home will be applicable for 1 week in all government offices. An appeal will also be issued by the government for private offices to promote work from home. Along with this, all types of construction work has also been banned till November 17.
The air quality in Delhi also remained in the severe category on Saturday with the Air Quality Index (AQI) reaching 499. Following the Supreme Court’s rebuke in view of the situation, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had called an emergency meeting this evening to deal with air pollution. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, Health Minister Satyendar Jain, Environment Minister Gopal Rai and Delhi Chief Secretary participated in the meeting. In this, many concrete steps were discussed to control pollution.
Talking to the media after the meeting, Kejriwal said that all schools in Delhi will be closed for a week from Monday. Only virtual classes will run. The construction activity will also be stopped from 14-17 November. If government offices are being done 100% work from home, then the offices will also remain closed. The Chief Minister said that an advisory would be issued in the private sector also that more and more people should be given work from there.