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Delhi pollution: Govt offices to operate in work from home mode for a week, says CM Kejriwal

Delhi pollution: Govt offices to operate in work from home mode for a week, says CM Kejriwal

Schools will function in virtual mode for a week from Monday so that children don't have to breathe polluted air, while construction activities will not be allowed from November 14-17.

Kejriwal had called an emergency meeting over the deteriorating air quality in the national capital.  Kejriwal had called an emergency meeting over the deteriorating air quality in the national capital.

Amidst the high pollution levels in the national capital, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday announced that government offices in Delhi will operate in work from home (WFH) mode for a week. Besides, private offices will also be issued an advisory to go for WFH option as much as possible.

Kejriwal had called an emergency meeting over the deteriorating air quality in the national capital.  

Addressing the media, the chief minister said schools will function in virtual mode for a week from Monday so that children don't have to breathe polluted air, while construction activities will not be allowed from November 14-17.

Kejriwal also said that the Delhi government is working on a proposal for lockdown in Delhi and will present the plan to the Supreme Court.

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Terming the rise in air pollution in Delhi-NCR an "emergency" situation, the Supreme Court on Saturday asked the Centre and the Delhi government to take immediate measures to improve the air quality and suggested steps such as stopping vehicles and clamping a lockdown in the national capital.

The chief minister said that pollution level is rising in Delhi due to stubble burning in neighbouring states and called upon all stakeholders to work together to combat it.

Earlier, the Supreme Court rapped the Centre and Delhi government over high pollution levels and said the situation is so bad that people are wearing masks inside their houses.

The apex court had also expressed concern that schools in the national capital have opened and children are being exposed to severe pollution conditions.

Delhi's air quality remained in the severe category for the third consecutive day on Saturday with the 24-hour average air quality index being recorded at 437, a marginal improvement from the day before.

The air quality index of neighbouring Ghaziabad, Gurugram, Noida, Faridabad, Greater Noida was recorded at 441, 441, 423, 464 and 408, respectively.

In Delhi, the AQI of Anand Vihar, Jahangirpuri, Wazirpur, Okhla, Rohini and Narela stood at 450, 453, 452, 460, 427 and 414, respectively.

(With PTI inputs)

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Published on: Nov 13, 2021, 6:19 PM IST
Posted by: Vinay Rai, Nov 13, 2021, 6:17 PM IST