Schools To Remain Open In Delhi NCR For Now, Even As Air Quality Turns Severs
The air quality of Delhi and other cities in the national capital region (NCR) remained in the severe category throughout Thursday.
In Delhi, Noida, and Gurugram, the air quality index is close to breaching the 500-mark, after which it will be in the ‘hazardous’ category.
The two weeks between November 1 and November 15 are usually the most polluted air days in Delhi NCR. If the experience in the past years is anything to go by, the pollution levels will likely rise in the next few days.
Parents want schools to shut
This has made many residents, especially parents of school-going children, concerned.
Across NCR, schools are continuing to operate normally, with offline classes.
But many parents have demanded that schools be shut down until the pollution levels reduce.
“If the air quality in Delhi is deteriorating then schools must be shut down,” said a parent from Pandav Nagar in East Delhi.
The Delhi BJP has also demanded the closing of schools for physical classes and conducting online teaching to protect children from air pollution.
In a letter to Delhi Lt Governor VK Saxena, Delhi BJP chief Adesh Gupta raised the demand.
Child rights body suggests shutting of schools
The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has also asked the Delhi government to shut schools till the situation improves.
NCPCR takes sou motu cognizance of poor air quality in Delhi, writes a letter to the Chief Secretary asking govt to “consider taking a decision to close down schools till the time the air quality of National Capital improves, in view of the best interest of children” pic.twitter.com/M4jcEuxju6
— ANI (@ANI) November 2, 2022
NCPCR Chairperson Priyank Kanoongo has urged the Delhi government to consider shutting schools in the children’s interest.
“The safety of school children is a matter of concern due to the dangerous level of pollution in Delhi, so far no decision has been taken by the state government of Delhi. Children are in the wrath of toxic air on their way to school, in playgrounds. This negligence is wrong, @NCPCR_ is issuing notice on it,” Kanoongo tweeted on Wednesday.
Recommendations will be sent to CAQM: Rai
Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai said the recommendations will be sent to Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM).
“The Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM) has come up with Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP), which will have to be implemented in Uttar Pradesh and Haryana too — in Ghaziabad, Noida, Greater Noida, Gurugram and Bahadurgarh…We need the support of the governments in Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. They need to become active,” he said.
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In Noida, the Noida Authority has requested the schools to stop outdoor activities for a while for the safety of students.
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