Pollution in Delhi-NCR: Govt, private schools in Noida, Greater Noida shut till 5 November due to major dip in air quality since Diwali

  • All government, private schools up till Class 12 in Noida, Greater Noida will remain closed on 4, 5 November in the wake of a spike in the pollution level

  • Gautam Buddh Nagar administration said decision has been taken as the levels of particulate matter 2.5 and 10 have been excessive in the air since Diwali

  • The air quality in the twin-cities adjoining Delhi has worsened since Friday and Saturday

Noida: All government and private schools up till Class 12 in Noida and Greater Noida will remain closed on 4 and 5 November in the wake of a spike in the pollution level, officials said on Sunday.

 Pollution in Delhi-NCR: Govt, private schools in Noida, Greater Noida shut till 5 November due to major dip in air quality since Diwali

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The Gautam Buddh Nagar administration said the decision has been taken as the levels of particulate matter 2.5 and 10 have been excessive in the air since Diwali, resulting in a major dip in the overall air quality.

"Transport vehicles like buses and minibuses, which a lot of schools use to ferry children, are a major contributor of PM 2.5 and PM 10. The movement of such vehicles in the city now could aggravate the situation," district magistrate BN Singh said in a written order.

"Hence, it is ordered that all schools up till Class 12 in Gautam Buddh Nagar will remain closed on 4 and 5 November," he said. At 10.35 am on Sunday, the air quality index (AQI) of Noida was 487, while that of Greater Noida was 470, both in the "severe" category, which means it affects healthy people and seriously impacts those with existing diseases.

The air quality in the twin-cities adjoining Delhi has worsened since Friday and Saturday, as per the official data.

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Updated Date: Nov 03, 2019 15:29:06 IST