Vikash Sharma

The poor air quality in the national capital Delhi has prompted the authorities to introduce a slew of measures to bring the situation under control. Soon after announcing the return of the odd-even rule, the government announced suspension of physical classes in schools except for classes 10 and 12 students. Currently, only classes up to Class 5 are suspended in view of the deteriorating air quality in Delhi.

“In view of the implementation of stage IV of Graded Response Action Plan order issued by CAQM, it is ordered that all classes- except the Board classes i.e X and XII in all schools of Delhi shall be held online up to November 10, 2023,” read a notification issued by the Directorate of Education, GNCTD.

As for the Board classes, the HoSs shall have the option either to conduct the same online or call the students to schools for physical classes.

With Delhi being wrapped in a thick blanket of toxic smog, State Environment Minister Gopal Rai announced that the odd-even car rationing scheme will be enforced in the city from November 13 to 20 as a measure to combat air pollution.

It is pertinent to mention here that pollution level in Delhi-NCR on Monday morning recorded around seven to eight times above the government-prescribed safe limit, as a toxic haze persisted over the region for the seventh consecutive day.

The 24-hour average Air Quality Index (AQI), recorded at 4 pm every day, worsened from 415 on Saturday to 454 on Sunday, reported PTI.