Delhi air pollution forces schools to remain shut until November 15
Delhi Education Minister Manish Sisodia said that all private and government schools will be shut on Thursday and Friday.
"In view of the deteriorating air quality due to stubble burning in north India, Delhi government has decided to close schools on Thursday and Friday," Sisodia tweeted in Hindi.
The Directorate of Education said the steps are being taken keeping in view the hazardous levels of air pollution.
"All the government, government aided, private recognised (unaided) schools, including those run by the local bodies, are hereby ordered to remain closed till November 15," an order from the Directorate of Education read.
The decision came after recommendations from the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA).
This is the second time this month that the EPCA has asked the government to shut schools. The Supreme Court-mandated anti-pollution authority had earlier asked the government to close schools between November 1 and 5.
While the overall AQI is in the severe category, PM10 count is at 489 and PM2.5 at 326, which are also in the severe category.