The Haryana government has changed the timings for schools in the state in view of the dense smog that has enveloped the state. The timings for government schools and unaided private schools have been shifted to open at 9 am and close by 3.30 pm.
The school timings will remain the same until the end of the month, the state government said. In an official release, state education minister Ram Bilas Sharma stated that this order should come into effect immediately.
The smog, which has engulfed many parts of Haryana and Punjab, has been mainly caused by pollutants in the air due to stubble burning. This has effected normal lives of the people in the region, even causing fatal accidents at various locations.
The meteorological department stated on Tuesday that the situation may remain the same for the next two days. Conditions are unlikely to improve as the winds are calm and there is no sign of rain.
A similar situation is reigning in Delhi where the air quality dipped to alarming levels on Tuesday, causing Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to take to twitter and comment that the city has become a “gas chamber”. A meeting was called on Tuesday evening with the education, environment and health departments and deputy CM Manish Sisodia announced that primary schools have been ordered to remain closed on Wednesday.