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Delhi educational institutes closed from December 3 till further orders

A file photo of Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai addressing the media in New Delhi on November 29, 2021. Photo: AAPDelhi

New Delhi, Dec 3 (MNN) With the Supreme Court taking a dim view of children attending schools amid pollution alarm in Delhi, the Kejriwal government on Thursday announced all educational institutions will again be closed from Friday till further notice.

Environment Minister Gopal Rai said that even coaching and other educational and training institutes apart from libraries will remain closed till further review.

Institutes where exams are being conducted will be exempt from the order.

Construction and demolition work is already suspended in the national capital, with trucks from outside Delhi are banned from entering Delhi, except for CNG and electric ones or those ferrying essential items.

Rai said that he appealed to all Delhi residents to use public transport and avoid private vehicles as much as possible to contribute to ameliorating the pollutions situation.

“Schools had remained closed for a very long time due to the coronavirus pandemic in Delhi and hence we decided to reopen them while keeping situation prevailing at a time when pollution was decreasing in Delhi. But as we can see now, pollution levels have risen again. The government is constantly monitoring the situation. We have now decided to close schools again from tomorrow. Schools will be closed for all classes,” the Minster added.

He said that the Kejriwal government was consistently working as per its action plan to tackle vehicular and dust pollution.

“For the past two months, we have been running an anti-dust campaign. As for the Central Vista project, the central government informed the Supreme Court that the work is of national importance. We are currently awaiting reports based on which we will proceed. We will further check reports on violation of anti-dust norms at construction sites as well. All construction and demolition work remains suspended in Delhi, while trucks from outside are also banned from entering Delhi.”

Rai said that the Delhi government had already started a special to-and-fro bus service for government staff. The carrying capacity of metros and buses has already been increased…. There have been no talks about implementing the odd-even rule for vehicles since we have to consider the Covid situation. We are not in a condition to increase the capacity of buses and metros anymore. These instructions have been issued in view of foreseeable dangers,” Gopal Rai added.

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