Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal announced on Saturday that schools in Delhi will be closed for a week starting Monday. The decision was taken to protect the children from breathing in polluted air, Kejriwal said that he is following an emergency meeting with senior officials at the Secretariat.
He also added that the government officials will be working from home for a week, advised private offices to do the same.
He also informed that the Delhi government is on a proposal for lockdown in the national capital. In Supreme Court, the proposal will be presented.
Delhi had the worst air quality of this season on Friday with a 24 hour average of 471.
With the AQI being logged at 473, the air quality in Delhi stays in the “severe” category.
The AQI of neighboring areas like Gurgaon and Noida was logged at 587 and 557, approximately.
In Delhi, the AQI of Lodhi Road, Delhi University, IIT Delhi, Pusa Road-l, and Delhi airport was logged at 489, 466, 474 and 480 and 504 approximately, according to SAFAR.
The Supreme Court held up the Centre and the state governments while hearing a appeal by 17-year-old Delhi student Aditya Dubey, regarding the rising levels of air pollution in Delhi on Saturday. The court suggested introducing a two-day lockdown in the city among worsening air quality.