Pollution levels skyrocket, but schools in Delhi to reopen today

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New Delhi : All schools in the national capital will reopen on Monday after a five-day break announced by the Delhi government in view of the alarming air pollution levels, an official said on Sunday, reports PTI.

Gurgaon, however, announced that the schools will remain closed on Monday. “Schools will reopen tomorrow and the break is not being further extended,” a Delhi government official said.

As a thick smog hung over Delhi, leaving people gasping for breath since last week, the government had decided to close schools after it received reports from authorities concerned that the PM 10 level was recorded at “close to severe” air quality.

Meanwhile, after a brief let-up, the pollution levels skyrocketed in Delhi with the air quality becoming hazardous, which environmental agencies consider unfit for inhalation even by healthy people.

The pollution monitoring authorities said there may be some respite from tomorrow evening as surface winds will gain momentum.

The SAFAR (System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research) said there was a possibility of rains in the evening of November 14. However, experts say rains brings temporary relief, but also leads to accumulation of particulates due to high-levels of moisture.

The hourly graph of the Central Control Room for Air Quality Management, which had briefly fallen below emergency levels on Saturday, recorded PM 2.5 and PM 10 concentration at 478 and 713 microgrammes per cubic metre by afternoon.

Discourage roadside parking: NGT

New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal has directed the Delhi government and the municipal corporations to ensure availability of appropriate parking facilities for cars and discourage road-side parking. A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar slammed authorities for not complying with its earlier orders to decongest traffic and asked them to take steps in a holistic manner.

            “Why have you not created appropriate parking place for

cars? You people are responsible for creating mess on roads by

creating two-three lanes of parking. Why don’t you cancel the

agreement with contractors who abuse their terms. These

parking people become officers and traffic police just watch

them,” the bench said.

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