Pollution Watch: AQI remains ‘very poor’; schools in Delhi to remain shut for another month

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Air quality nosedived in the capital yet again with Delhi Pollution Control Commitee data for Tuesday showing the Air Quality Index (AQI) in “very poor” category.

Among the worst-hit patches in Delhi were Rohini with AQI of 346, R K Puram with AQI of 329, Anand Vihar with AQI of 377, and Mundka with AQI of 363 as per Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).

In an attempt to curb increasing air pollution in the national capital, the Delhi government recently launched the ‘Red Light On, Gaadi Off’ campaign as part of its ‘Yuddh Pradushan Ke Viruddh’ (War Against Pollution) initiative.

Along with this, Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai had also announced the launch of a campaign starting on Monday to include the citizens of the capital in raising awareness on air pollution.

The Centre meanwhile has told the Supreme Court that it is rolling out legislation shortly to tackle the recurring issue of stubble burning and air pollution in Delhi-NCR.

Meanwhile, schools in the national capital will remain closed for one more month post-October 31 in view of the Covid-19 cases and increasing levels of air pollution.

Earlier, schools were allowed to call students from class 9 to 12 to school on a voluntary basis from September 21. However, the Delhi government decided against it.

(With ANI inputs) 

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