Delhi schools close from tomorrow over pollution crisis.

After remaining shut since November 13, physical classes in schools, colleges and other educational institutions had resumed from Monday.

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New Delhi: Schools in Delhi will be closed from tomorrow till further order over air pollution, state Environment Minister Gopal Rai announced today, shortly after getting a bash from the Supreme Court.

“We opened the schools because we thought air quality would improve. However, the air pollution levels increased again and we have to shut down schools from Friday till further orders,”

Warning of a strict action, the Supreme Court gave a 24-hour ultimatum to Centre, Delhi, and neighboring states to act against industrial and vehicular pollution – counted as the main causes behind the deteriorating air quality.

After remaining shut since November 13, physical classes in schools, colleges and other educational institutions had resumed from Monday.

Delhi’s air quality worsened sharply last month after Diwali. Farm fires were also cited as a source – but that led to debates and blame games. A month on, the city is still gasping for air.

A ban on all construction activities in the national capital is in place till further orders.

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