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Delhi Schools Advance Winter Break Due to Severe Pollution

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As the national capital grapples with alarming levels of air pollution, the Delhi government has taken a significant step to protect the health of students and teachers. Delhi schools will now enjoy an advanced winter break from November 9 to 19, offering respite from the hazardous air quality that has gripped the city.

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Air Quality Concerns Lead to Early Winter Break:

In an order issued on November 8, the Directorate of Education has cited the severe air pollution in Delhi as the reason behind this decision. The directive emphasizes the importance of ensuring the well-being of both children and teachers during this challenging period.

Key Details of the Directive:

  • The winter break for the academic session 2023-24 has been advanced to keep schools completely closed.
  • The decision was made in light of the implementation of GRAP-4 measures, given the persistently adverse weather conditions.
  • Schools will remain closed from November 9, 2023, to November 18, 2023, ensuring a total break for students and teachers.
  • The directive further states that additional orders for the remaining winter period will be issued as necessary.

The order holds significance in the context of Delhi’s air quality, which recently deteriorated to the ‘severe’ category. This abrupt change followed five consecutive days of ‘severe’ air quality. While the air quality improved briefly to ‘very poor,’ it swiftly regressed back to the ‘severe’ category.

Data from the Decision Support System (DSS) reveals the significant role of stubble burning in Delhi’s air pollution, contributing approximately 33.07% on the day of the order. Delhi’s transport sector also played a noteworthy part, with an estimated 12.64% contribution to the city’s PM2.5 concentration. These fine particulate matters, PM2.5 and PM10, remain the primary pollutants affecting Delhi’s air quality.

Despite these challenges, there is a glimmer of hope on the horizon. Forecasts from the Early Warning System (EWS) suggest an improvement in the Air Quality Index (AQI) back to ‘very poor’ on Thursday. This positive shift is attributed to stronger winds, expected to persist until Saturday.

Read Also | Delhi’s Air Quality Crisis: Residents Share Alarming Images and Videos as Pollution Reaches Alarming Levels

Additionally, the IMD anticipates the possibility of a drizzle in Delhi on November 10, which could further aid in cleansing the city’s air.

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