The Haryana government on Sunday ordered the shutting down of all schools and barred all types of construction work in Gurugram, Faridabad, Sonipat and Jhajjar districts till November 17 in order to deal with the menace of air pollution, PTI reported.

The government has also asked offices to allow employees to work from their homes. The Haryana State Disaster Management Authority issued the order that came into force with immediate effect.

The 24-hour average air quality index in Haryana’s Gurugram city on Sunday was 287, which falls in the “poor category”, according to the Central Pollution Control Board.

A Haryana government spokesperson said that the work from home orders were meant for reducing plying of vehicles on roads by 30%. The spokesperson said there will be a complete ban on all types of construction and development activities as well as stubble burning. He added that roads will be sprinkled with water to control dust pollution.

The Haryana government’s action came a day after Delhi announced similar measures to reduce air pollution level.

The air quality in Delhi and surrounding areas like Gurugram, Noida and Ghaziabad dropped sharply in November after residents defied a ban on firecrackers.

Delhi’s pollution gets worse in October and November also because of farmers burning stubble in neighbouring states,…

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