7 Nov 2022

Delhi Air Pollution: Offices To Function At Full Capacity, Primary Schools To Reopen As AQI Improves

New Delhi: Primary schools in Delhi will reopen on Wednesday, November 9 as air quality has slightly improved in Delhi NCR. Environment Minister Gopal Rai said that the ban on open activities for senior students was also being lifted. 

AQI improves

The 24-hour average air quality index (AQI) of Delhi improved from 447 on Friday to 381 on Saturday and further to 339 on Sunday, mainly due to favourable wind speed and a decline in the stubble burning.

Minister Rai added that directions for work from home for government employees have been ended and offices will function at full capacity from Monday. 

Ban on entry of trucks lifted

Besides, the ban on the entry of trucks into Delhi has also been lifted. However, the ban on BS III private petrol four-wheelers and BS IV diesel vehicles will continue, the minister said.

Ban on construction works removed

The Delhi government has also lifted the ban on construction work related to highway, road, flyover, overbridge, pipeline, power transmissions. However, the ban on private demolition and construction work will continue, the minister added.

Earlier on Sunday, the Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM) removed stage 4 of the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) following improvement in the air quality index (AQI) in the national capital region. Schools in neighbouring Noida from class 1 to 8 will also reopen from November 9.

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