India’s capital closes its schools, choked by pollution | World | DW

The Chief Minister of New Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal, ordered the closure of primary schools in the Indian capital this Friday (04/11/2022) due to high levels of pollution.

“We are taking all measures to control pollution and have decided to close all primary schools in New Delhi from tomorrow. We will also stop all outdoor activities for senior classes,” Kejriwal said at a press conference.

The Indian capital is submerged under a blanket of toxic fog that limits visibility, with an air quality index (AQI) of 466, on a scale that includes a maximum of 500 points.

The concentration of PM 2.5 particles yesterday exceeded the barrier of 300 micrograms per cubic meter of air for the first time so far this year, according to the government’s Pollution Control Board, levels that multiply the levels considered safe by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The new restrictions in the Indian capital are in addition to those already imposed by the authorities, such as a ban on construction activities or the movement of non-essential diesel commercial vehicles and the movement of heavy trucks.

(efe, afp)

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