New Delhi: A Supreme Court mandated panel on Friday declared a public health emergency in the Delhi-NCR region and banned construction activity till November 5.
As pollution level in the region entered the “severe plus” category, the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority also banned the bursting of crackers during the winter season.
The air quality in Delhi-NCR deteriorated further on Thursday night and is now a the severe plus level, EPCA chairperson Bhure Lal said in a letter to the chief secretaries of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Delhi.
“We have to take this as a public health emergency as air pollution will have adverse health impact on all, particularly our children,” he said in the letter.
Delhi government has decided to close down schools in the city due to severe air pollution. The decision to shut down schools in Delhi comes in the wake of EPCA’s declaration of state of Public Health Emergency in Delhi and surrounding areas following the severe air pollution. Today afternoon, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal announced that all schools in Delhi will remain closed until 5th November 2019 – Tuesday.