Schools in Delhi will be closed for physical classes for a week from Monday due to the worsening air pollution in the national capital, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced on Saturday, ANI reported. Online classes will, however, continue.
From Sunday to Wednesday, no construction activity will be allowed in the city, Kejriwal said.
Employees of government offices will also work from home for a week starting Monday. “Private offices will be issued an advisory to go for WFH [work from home] option as much as possible,” the chief minister told reporters.
Kejriwal chaired a meeting to bring the air quality back to normal hours after a Supreme Court bench led by Chief Justice of India NV Ramana asked the Centre to take emergency measures. The chief justice even suggested Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to impose a two-day lockdown.
Addressing reporters after the meeting, Kejriwal said his government was working on proposal for lockdown in Delhi and will submit it to the Supreme Court.
During the hearing in Supreme Court, Justice DY Chandrachud, who was part of the bench, expressed concern about the health of schoolchildren.
“Schools have been opened now,” said Chandrachud. “Little children are out on the roads to reach their schools. You are exposing little children to pollution, pandemic and dengue.”
Ramana said the situation was…