All schools and colleges in Delhi and its neighbouring cities should remain closed till further orders in view of the severe air pollution, the Commission for Air Quality Management in National Capital Region and Adjoining Areas said on Tuesday.
Delhi had announced closure of all schools for a week on November 13. Haryana had closed schools till November 17.
The commission released a set of detailed guidelines on Tuesday to handle the pollution crisis. Earlier in the day, the commission set by the central government held a meeting with officials from Delhi, Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh to review the steps taken to address the pollution crisis.
At the meeting, Delhi’s Environment Minister Gopal Rai said the government has proposed to implement a work-from-home policy, ban all construction work and shut down industries in the National Capital Region to tackle air pollution.
Delhi and its neighbouring areas have been shrouded in toxic smog since Diwali. Delhi’s pollution gets worse in October and November because of farmers burning stubble in neighbouring states, unfavourable wind speed and emission of fumes by the local traffic in the city. Firecrackers ignited for Diwali add to the problem.
But on Monday, the Centre told the Supreme Court that burning of farm waste accounted for just 10% of…