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Rise in Delhi Air Pollution: WFH for 50% Govt Staff, Primary Schools Shut

Rise in Delhi Air Pollution: WFH for 50% Govt Staff, Primary Schools Shut

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said primary schools will be closed from Saturday (November 5) to protect children from the effects of worsening air quality and schools could conduct online classes.

50 percent staff of the Delhi government to work from home orderedDelhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai today and said a notification will be soon issued to private offices to follow suit after getting alarmed by hazardous pollution levels in the national capital and schools will be asked to curtail outdoor activities of senior students, at a press conference in Delhi.

He said the Delhi government has decided to implement the anti-pollution curbs recommended by the Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM) as well as a ban on non-BS VI diesel-run light motor vehicles.

“At a meeting with departments concerned, it has been decided that 50 per cent staff of government offices will work from home from Monday and an advisory will be issued to private offices to follow suit,” saidGopal Rai.

The government will also launch ‘Paryavaran Bus Service’ which will include 500 privately-run CNG buses, in a bid to ramp up public transport. Raisaid a six-member team including senior officials has been set up to monitor the implementation of the restrictions on anti-polluting activities.Revenue commissioners are already asked to prepare a plan for staggered timings of markets and offices.Implementing the odd-even car rationing scheme may come up, if need arises, he further added.

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