Smog, Air Pollution: Gurugram Schools To Remain Closed On Monday
In view of the persistent smog and pollution situation in the National Capital Region (NCR), according to an official, the Gurgaon district administration today directed that government and private schools would be closed tomorrow. Schools in the district were closed on Friday and Saturday and the order now has been extended till Monday. The Haryana government on Tuesday changed school timings by an hour after reports of road accidents and increasing air pollution. From last Wednesday, the schools functioned from 9 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. against the earlier timing of 8 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. The governments in both Delhi
and Punjab last week asked the schools to remain closed till Sunday due to the air pollution.
"Due to smog and pollution in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR), including Gurgaon, we have decided to close all private and government schools on November 13," District Magistrate Vinay Pratap Singh said.
"Smog can be dangerous for children and students. We have suggested residents to wear best quality mask to combat air pollution," he said.
The national capital region has been experiencing dense smog for the past a few days, forcing authorities to enforce emergency measures such as banning construction activities and brick kilns due to worsening air pollution.
Meanwhile, light rains predicted on November 14 and 15 is likely to clear the smog in Delhi and bring respite to the people gasping for breath.
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.(With Inputs from PTI and IANS)
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