Air Pollution: Ghaziabad Closes Schools Till November 12

Due to the ongoing smog and air pollution situtation, Ghaziabad District Magistrate Ritu Maheshwari on Thursday ordered the closure of all government and private schools up to Class 8 till November 12.

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Air Pollution: Ghaziabad Closes Schools Till November 12

Air Pollution: Ghaziabad Closes Schools Till November 12

Ghaziabad:  After the pollution levels rose with the deadly smog in Uttar Pradesh and adjoining states, Ghaziabad District Magistrate Ritu Maheshwari on Thursday ordered the closure of all government and private schools up to Class 8 till November 12, reported Indo-Asian News Service. After Delhi, the hazardous weather conditions have hit the state of Uttar Pradesh with various cities recording dangerously poor air quality, officials said on Thursday. After Delhi Government asked the schools to remain closed for Secondary classes as well till Sunday, the Punjab government also yesterday announced that all state-run, private aided and recognised schools in the state to close for three days from Thursday in view of road accidents due to dense smog and inclement weather.

According to IANS, the Ghaziabad authorities have extended the sprinkling of water to cover roads in all residential colonies to control the dust. Construction activities have been halted till further orders. 

The Air Quality Index (AQI) of Noida has been noted as the worst in the state in the past 24-hours.

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has issued a health warning for children, senior citizens and people with respiratory issues, asking them to avoid morning walks and stay indoors.
 
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Air pollution: Delhi asked the schools to close till Sunday

The air quality in the state capital is worst in Lalbagh where the average AQI is 463, which was very close to that in Noida in the last 24-hours, an official told IANS.

Following this, on the lines of Delhi, the district administration in Noida has ordered closure of all schools from nursery to Class 8 till November 10. 

The AQI in Moradabad is 439, Noida (469), Lucknow (430), Agra (394) and Ghaziabad (372).

Due to the smog that has descended on most parts of the state, as many as 17 persons have been killed in road accidents across the state in the last 24 hours, police said.

Meanwhile, Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) President Rocky Tuseed yesterday demanded that Delhi University should keep the colleges closed till Sunday in the wake of alarming pollution level in the city.

In a letter to DU Vice Chancellor Yogesh Tyagi, Tuseed said that pollution levels in Delhi had reached extremely alarming levels despite warnings to the agencies concerned and the Delhi government has announced closure of all schools as the PM2.5 levels can adversely effect the health of children.

(With Inputs from IANS)

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