Delhi air pollution: MCD schools to remain closed tomorrow

On Thursday, private schools in Delhi-NCR have informed parents that they are either suspending classes or are cancelling sports meet.

By: Express Web Desk | Noida | Updated: November 4, 2016 8:07 pm
delhi, delhi pollution, delhi air pollution, air pollution, delhi smog, ncr schools closed, pollution schools, particulate matter delhi, delhi pollution diwali, delhi diwali after effects, india news Most schools in the city have cancelled sports hours and other outdoor activities. (Source: Express Archive)

After private schools, the MCD schools in Delhi have also decided to close down on Saturday as thick smog continues to cover the national capital. On Thursday, private schools in Delhi-NCR have informed parents that they are either suspending classes or are cancelling sports meet.

“All municipal schools under the three corporations will be closed tomorrow due to the heavy smog and pollution. The order for closure is only for a day as of now. As per the situation, we may decide to close them later as well,” Leader of Opposition in SDMC, Subhash Arya said.


About 10 lakh students are enrolled in the schools administered by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC), Nouth Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) and East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC).

“The decision was taken today at a meeting held in the wake of severe pollution Delhiites are reeling under. And, since the smog is worse during the morning, it was decided to close the schools,” said Arya, also the former Mayor of south Delhi.

Heritage School in Gurgaon was closed today due to critical weather condition. “As facts stand today, the outdoor PM 2.5 count in the school is 1,000 micrograms per cubic metre and the indoor air quality is between 700 and 900 micrograms per cubic metre. We’re probably the least affected, being in a far more open and less inhabited area, compared to the more interior parts of Gurgaon, which would be much worse,” a message for parents was sent by The Heritage School, Gurgaon.

For the past three days, Delhiites have been inhaling copious amounts of particulate matter (PM) – both 2.5 micrometers and 10 micrometers – composed of dust, dirt, smoke, chemicals, et al. As per System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR), levels of Particulate Matter (PM) 10 levels reached a record 500 mark on Wednesday.

READ: Delhi-NCR schools declare holiday, cancel events

Ridge Valley School in Gurgaon has postponed a students’ trip to the Rail Museum due to poor air quality while Nirmal Bhartia has sent messages to parents announcing postponement of the sports meet scheduled to be held on this Saturday.

Shri Ram School authorities also sent a message to the parents, “This is to inform you that on account of high pollution levels in the city, the school will remain closed on Friday, 4th November and Monday, 7th November 2016. To keep the children gainfully occupied at home, academic-related worksheets will be uploaded on academic resources on the parent portal.”

— with inputs from PTI

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  1. I
    Nov 4, 2016 at 4:49 pm
    Smog reached and polluted stan punjab
    1. I
      IML sood
      Nov 4, 2016 at 2:45 pm
      Where is Khujli and his Takla education minister who were boasting of their successful but in fact flop Odd Even experiment?
      1. M
        Nov 4, 2016 at 3:39 pm
        Main cause of pollution in Delhi is not smoke from vehicles. lt;br/gt;UP Haryana Bihar Panhab Everywhere we can see the paddy gr being burnt after Harvesting. Perticularly after Dussera. Social awareness and easier and better solutions need to be introduced. It is age old practice to burn the paddy gr and is difficult to stop all together.
        1. A
          Nov 4, 2016 at 8:44 pm
          death by breath. you reap what you sow. incompetent leaders, media, judiciary, business houses. Clowns everywhere. Good people left India.
          1. A
            Nov 4, 2016 at 8:47 pm
            you'll notice all the large polluting vehicles are used across the country by political party hacks, govt officials - central, state and local, rich corporates and businessmen.
            1. C
              Nov 4, 2016 at 5:48 pm
              delhi falling;br/gt;lt;br/gt;kejri going up n;br/gt;lt;br/gt;wah kejri ka;br/gt;lt;br/gt;retired old armywalla, commit suicide, lt;br/gt;you award him ONE CRORE;br/gt;lt;br/gt;young jawan army men, killed by bullets n bombs,lt;br/gt;you ignore n just don't;br/gt;lt;br/gt;you give @five crores ry, to each of your 67 mla';br/gt;lt;br/gt;you give 520 crore rs, to your tv n radio friends, to play ur favorite ad's. why we hv to listen? lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;you n ur friends, how possible to eat RS MANY CRORES KE samosa n chai...why we hv to paylt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;why we suffer dengue, chikungunya, lot of body paining, for months n;br/gt;lt;br/gt;why we waste hours n hours on jammed delhi roads, waste our life on jam;br/gt;lt;br/gt;why highest kachra is in delhi? kachra as high as, twelve house storeys hi...judge said this in;br/gt;lt;br/gt;but, you are CHIEF;br/gt;total jimmedari is yours;br/gt;lt;br/gt;but u never did;br/gt;why mouth totally open to talking bakwaas... lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;delhi go;br/gt;kejri go up.
              1. S
                Saurabh Vashist
                Nov 4, 2016 at 3:49 pm
                unauthorised and illegal factories in residential area is main reasonlt;br/gt;for pollution in Delhi But Gov is Doing Nothing to ban them atleast
                1. Y
                  yash sehgal
                  Nov 5, 2016 at 12:34 am
                  Jai bolo beyimaan ki...
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