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Air pollution in Delhi: Schools and colleges in Delhi-NCR closed, no construction activity allowed until 21 November

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Air pollution in Delhi: The Air Quality Management Commission (CAQM) on Tuesday evening ordered that schools, colleges and educational institutions in the National Capital Region remain closed until further notice, no ‘allowing the online teaching mode.

He also said that only five of the 11 thermal power plants located within a 300 km radius of Delhi NTPC, Jhajjar; Mahatma Gandhi TPS, CLP Jhajjar; Panipat TPS, HPGCL; Nabha Power Ltd. TPS, Rajpura and Talwandi Sabo TPS, Mansa will remain operational until November 30.

The commission ordered Delhi and the NCR states to halt construction and demolition activities in the region until November 21, with the exception of rail services / train stations, Metropolitan Railway Company services, including train stations, airports and interstate bus terminals (ISBTS) and national security / defense related activities / projects of national importance subject to strict compliance with C&D waste management rules and standards of dust control.

Trucks carrying non-essential items have been banned from entering Delhi until Sunday in an attempt to contain spiraling air pollution levels.

The commission held a meeting Tuesday with senior officials from Delhi and the states of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan over severe air pollution in the region ahead of a Supreme Court hearing on the question.

All public and private schools, colleges and educational institutions in the NCR will remain closed until further notice allowing only online instruction, the CAQM guidelines specify.

NCR state governments have been ordered to allow homework (WFH) for at least 50% of their staff in NCR offices until Sunday and to encourage private establishments to follow suit.

All industries in the NCR still using unapproved fuels will be shut down by the respective governments with immediate effect. NCR states and GNCTD will enforce a strict ban on the use of DG assemblies, with the exception of service providers. emergency, the panel said.

Authorities in the NCR have been ordered to ensure that no diesel and gasoline vehicles over 10 and 15 years old, respectively, are on the road.

The Delhi government has been ordered to quickly procure and put into service a sufficient number of CNG buses as soon as possible.

The chief secretaries of the states of Delhi and the NCR were tasked with regularly monitoring the implementation of the instructions and filing a compliance report with the commission on Monday.

The Delhi government had ordered the closure of physical classes at schools, colleges and other educational institutions for a week from Monday.

All government offices, agencies and autonomous bodies, except those involved in essential services, have been asked to work from home.

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