Consider School Closure: Air Quality Panel to Haryana, Rajasthan, UP

The Air Quality Management Commission (CAQM) on Sunday advised Haryana, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh to consider using restrictions – including school closures and construction and demolition activities – as announced by the Delhi government to contain air pollution levels.

Provincial governments and district administrators in the National Capital Region have also been proposed to issue a “citizen citizenship / advisory” document on the steps that need to be taken during the various phases of the Phase Response Plan (GRAP).

On Saturday, the Delhi government announced the closure of exercise classes in schools, colleges and other educational institutions for a week from Monday. All government offices, agencies and NGOs, with the exception of those involved in important activities, have been asked to work from home.

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No construction and demolition work was allowed in the capital until November 17. At an emergency meeting, CAQM advised the governments of Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh to “consider the same restrictions / regulations in the NCR regions as implemented by the GNCTD in its directive. , among other things, the closure of schools until November 20 and the closure of C&D activities from November 14 to 17 “, the statement said.

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The Commission has called on the provinces and agencies concerned to be fully prepared to implement the “urgent measures” as set out under GRAP. Air quality is considered an emergency measure when the levels of PM2.5 and PM10 continue to be more than 300 micrograms per cubic meter and 500 micrograms per cubic meter respectively for 48 hours or more.

Measures to be taken in this “emergency” situation include stopping truck entry into Delhi, ban on construction activities, and introducing of a vehicle rating system.

The commission also said the worst weather situation in Delhi-NCR was also “severely affected by a south-west dust storm in the desert that brought heavy dust and increased to PM2.5 and PM10. of roads and open spaces, car pollution and industrial emissions – need to be better focused on the intensified efforts of the agencies involved.

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