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Primary schools in Gurugram & Faridabad closed due to increased pollution

November 7, 2023

Gurugram’s administration has directed the suspension of classes from nursery to fifth grade until further notice, aiming to safeguard school children from the escalating pollution in the NCR.

Simultaneously, Faridabad’s Deputy Commissioner, Vikram Singh, has also mandated the closure of schools for students from first to fifth grade starting Tuesday until October 12.

The district has been experiencing persistently high air quality indexes over the past week, reaching an alarming level of 412 on Monday. This industrial area has been ranked as the fifth most polluted city in the nation.

Chairman of the Gurugram District Disaster Management Authority and DC, Nishant Kumar Yadav, issued an official order on Monday in response to the situation. Online studies have been directed for students to ensure an uninterrupted educational experience.

The directive encompasses all private and government educational institutions in the district from November 7, remaining in effect until further instructions.

Yadav highlighted the continuous rise in the air quality index, emphasizing that the situation has reached the GRAP IV stage.

Previously, the Haryana government had urged deputy commissioners in the NCR to evaluate their district’s situation and decide on school closures. The AQI has notably reached ‘severe’ levels in certain districts, including Gurugram.

On Monday morning, pollution levels in Delhi-NCR were documented around seven to eight times higher than the government-prescribed safe limit, marking the persistence of a hazardous haze over the region for the seventh consecutive day.

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