Delhi School Holiday Extended: All schools in Delhi closed till 5th November, decision taken due to increasing pollution: Due to increasing pollution in Delhi, the government has decided to close all schools by 5 November 2019. Apart from this, a panel constituted by the Supreme Court on Friday declared a public health emergency in Delhi-National Capital Region and has banned all construction works till November 5.
The Environmental Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) also banned bursting of firecrackers during the entire winter when the pollution reached the ‘very severe’ category. At the same time, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has blamed the Haryana and Punjab governments for the rising pollution level in Delhi.
Pollution in Delhi in ‘very severe’ category, EPCA declared public health emergency
Kejriwal criticized both the Congress government of Punjab and the BJP government of Haryana for failing to control the problem, calling the national capital a “gas chamber”. On Friday, Arvind Kejriwal wrote on Twitter, “Khattar and Captain governments are forcing their farmers to burn stubble, due to which there is heavy pollution in Delhi. Yesterday, people demonstrated on Punjab and Haryana Bhawan and expressed their anger towards the governments there.
Another of his tweets Kejriwal wrote, “Due to the smoke of stubble in the neighboring states, Delhi has turned into a gas chamber. It is very important that we protect ourselves from this poisonous air. Through private and government schools, we have started distributing 50 lakh masks today. I urge all Delhiites to use them whenever needed.