HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The environment minister gave the confirmation during a press conference
  • The SC issued warnings to Delhi govt on air quality and said that it will take regular cognizance of developments
  • In spite of the improvement of Delhi air quality, its mark continues to remain in the “very poor” category

On Wednesday, Environment Minister Gopal Rai gave a green signal on the reopening of schools and other educational institutions in Delhi. Earlier on November 13, the government instructed the closure of schools, taking into consideration the poor air quality of the national capital. Rai has stated that with improvement in the scenario, schools and colleges are being permitted to resume from November 29.

While addressing a press conference, the environment minister stated, “If we look at the average air quality index, Delhi has reached the pre-Diwali state. Pollution levels have started increasing after Diwali…following which many restrictions were imposed.” He has further said, “Today, we conducted a review meeting with officials…schools, colleges, and other educational institutions will reopen on Monday.”

According to reports, in spite of improvement in Delhi air quality, its mark still persists in the “very poor” category. The Supreme Court conveyed to the Delhi government today, “This is the national capital. Look at the signal we are sending to the world. You have to predict the situation based on statistics…and take action in anticipation so that the situation does not go too severe.”

The apex court has informed, “Even if the pollution level goes down now, we will continue to hear this case and issue directions.” On November 13, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal said that reviewing the air quality, the government has decided to close down schools and colleges for a week, starting from the coming Monday. Followed by Kejriwal’s announcement, the government of Haryana decided to close down schools in Gurugram, Faridabad, Sonipat and Jhijar for three days.

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