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School to shut and Work from home for govt employee: Delhi CM on a 1-week action plan

School to shut and Work from home for govt employee: Delhi CM on a 1-week action plan

Starting From Monday for a week, no physical classes will be held in Delhi schools, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal announced on Saturday, after the Supreme Court pressed the emergency button on Delhi air pollution.

As immediate measures to save people from the adverse impact of air pollution, the government has decided to work for home for 100% of the workforce starting from Monday. Kejriwal said that private offices would be issued an advisory to go for the 'Work From Home' option as much as possible. No construction activity will be allowed between November 14 to 17.

On Saturday, Kejriwal's action plan comes as the Supreme Court termed the pollution situation in Delhi-NCR as 'emergency' and suggested clamping a lockdown in the national capital.

Kejriwal said.

"There was a discussion in the Supreme Court whether a complete lockdown can be brought in place if the situation worsens. We are working on it as to what will the lockdown imply... we are not imposing the lockdown. We are drafting a proposal which we will place in front of the Supreme Court. It will be discussed with all agencies because it will be an extreme step. The Centre will also be taken into confidence. If such a situation comes, construction, vehicular movement might have to be stopped,"

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Like every year, the smog situation of Delhi-NCR turned severe after Diwali, being aggravated by the stubble burning of neighboring states. The worsening air situation was being flagged by air quality monitoring agencies, with the Central Pollution Control Board sounding an emergency on Friday. In an advisory, the Board advised people not to venture outdoors and suggested that government and private offices switch to work-from-home to reduce vehicular pollution.

The advisory said.

"Meteorological conditions will be highly unfavourable for dispersion of pollutants till November 18 in view of low winds with calm conditions during the night,"

On Saturday, the Supreme Court bench by Chief Justice N V Ramana said the situation in Delhi is so bad that people are wearing masks inside their houses. Over the usual exercise of blaming 'stubble burning' for Delhi pollution during the onset of winter, the Supreme Court bench said there are other reasons for pollution such as vehicular emissions, firecrackers, and dust, and singling out stubble burning is not the solution.

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