Digital Desk, New Delhi. In view of the rising air pollution levels in the city, all schools in the national capital region and adjoining areas will remain closed till further orders. As per a directive of the education department, all government, government aided, unaided, NDMC, MCD and Delhi Cantonment Board schools will remain closed. However, online teaching learning activities and examinations for board classes will be conducted as per the earlier guidelines. Residents of the national capital were forced to breathe polluted air as the air quality in the city was recorded in the very poor category on Sunday morning. The System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research said the Air Quality Index (AIQ) in the national capital was 324 for PM10 and 200 for PM 2.5. If PM10 exceeds 300, the department has issued a health advisory asking people with heart or lung disease, older adults and children to reduce prolonged or heavy exertion.
The level of PM 2.5 has been found in the very poor category. According to the forecast of SAFAR, the pollution level is likely to worsen in the next 24 hours, with PM10 likely to remain at 356 and PM2.5 at 220. An AQI between zero and 50 is considered good, 51 and 100 satisfactory, 101 and 200 moderate, 201 and 300 poor, 301 and 400 very poor, then between 401 and 500 as severe. . Earlier on November 13, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had announced the closure of physical classes in schools for a week.