1 min read.Updated: 24 Nov 2021, 02:33 PM ISTMeghna Sen
Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai also said that all government offices will open from 29 November in the national capital
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The schools, colleges, and other educational institutions in the national capital will reopen on 29 November as the air quality in the city has improved, Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai announced on Wednesday.
Rai also said that all government offices will open from 29 November in Delhi. The environment minister has also advised the staff to use public transport. Special buses will be deployed for them, he said.
The Delhi government has also allowed entry of only CNG and electric vehicles in the city from 27 November and banned the rest till 3 December.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on 13 November announced schools will be closed for a week starting from Monday due to alarming pollution levels. A day later, the Haryana government announced closure of schools in four cities, including Gurugram, Faridabad, Sonipat and Jhijar, from Monday.
Recently, the AAP-led Delhi government had suggested a weekend lockdown and work from home for a week at an emergency meeting ordered by the Supreme Court.
The top court today said the air quality crisis in Delhi calls for a scientific study and suggested a statistical-based model on wind patterns to take advance measures to curb air pollution before the situation deteriorates.
A Bench of Chief Justice of India NV Ramana, Justices DY Chandrachud and Surya Kant said that advance measures must be taken to deal with Delhi's air quality crisis.
It observed that when the weather becomes severe only then do governments take measures to control it.
"When the weather becomes severe then we take measures. These measures have to be taken in anticipation. You need to anticipate that weather is going to be severe with this wind pattern, these measures need to be taken in anticipation. The commission has to do a scientific study by having statistical models. That can happen through a statistical model for Delhi," the Bench said.
"This is the National Capital, imagine the signal we are sending to the world. You have to predict the situation based on statistics... and take action in anticipation so that the situation does not go severe," the Bench noted while suggesting the Commission for Air Quality Management in National Capital Region and Adjoining areas to rely on a statistical model.
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