New Delhi authorities announced the closure of schools for a week, and said they were considering imposing a general closure due to pollution to protect residents from the toxic smog.
“Schools will be closed so that children do not have to breathe polluted air,” Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal told reporters.
Delhi, with a population of 20 million, is one of the most polluted cities in the world, with a dangerous mixture of factory and car emissions and fire smoke forming in its skies every winter.
The Supreme Court proposed imposing a general closure in Delhi to combat the air quality crisis, and the chief justice asked, “In Ramana,” saying, “Other than that, how will we live?”
Kejriwal confirmed that his government will consider the Supreme Court’s proposal after consulting with relevant officials, noting that “the closure due to pollution has never happened before, and it would be an extreme measure.”
Government offices were required to work from home, and private companies were advised to resort to this option as much as possible.
Last Friday, the Central Pollution Control Authority informed the authorities of its readiness to “implement measures under the category of emergency,” adding that the poor air quality would likely continue until November 18.
Earlier on Saturday, the rate of PM2.5, the smallest and most harmful particles that can enter the bloodstream, exceeded 300 in the air quality index, 20 times the maximum limit set by the World Health Organization.
And the “Times of India” newspaper reported that hospitals had reported a sharp rise in the number of patients complaining of breathing difficulties.
A doctor from Apollo Hospitals said: “We receive 12 to 14 patients every day in emergencies, mostly during the night, when symptoms of difficulty breathing cause sleep disturbance and panic.”Pollution In New Delhi India.