Delhi MC orders closure of primary schools due to smog

The Municipal Corporation of Delhi has ordered some 1800 primary schools of the National capital to remain shut on Saturday as the city grapples with some of the worst pollution in recent years.

Sakshi Chaturvedi

Sakshi ChaturvediBy Sakshi Chaturvedi

Published on 5 Nov 2016 4:55 AM GMT

Delhi MC orders closure of primary schools due to smog
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New Delhi: The Municipal Corporation of Delhi has ordered some 1800 primary schools of the National capital to remain shut on Saturday as the city grapples with some of the worst pollution in recent years. The decision would affect about nine lakh children studying at schools run by municipality in the city.

According to the spokesman for Municipal corporation for Delhi, Yogendra Mann,"It has been decided to keep the municipal schools shut on Saturday because of smog in Delhi. The schools will operate as normal from Monday." The corporation authorities further said," Due to Rapid urbanisation, New Delhi's air quality has steadily worsen.Pollution from diesel engines, coaled fired power plants and industrial emissions has added to the cause."

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A data from City's pollution monitoring agency stated that concentration of particulate Matter or PM10 (Coarser pollutants) was over 1200 micro grams per cubic meter as recorded on Saturday morning. Compared to a safe level of 100. The reports further said that the standard measure of air quality in the National Capital was as much as 13 times the safe limit.

It may be mentioned that New Delhi has been enveloped by thick smog since the Diwali Celebrations on October 30 last. The pollution monitoring agency has said, one who is subjected to prolonged exposure to unsafe levels of the air quality may develop respiratory diseases.

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Sakshi Chaturvedi

Sakshi Chaturvedi

A journalist, presently working as a Sub-Editor at newstrack.com.

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