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Schools in Gurugram, shut due to air pollution, to reopen from November 26

The closure order was issued by the Haryana government on November 18, as the air quality index (AQI) in Gurugram, part of the National Capital Region (NCR), had deteriorated and kept fluctuating between "very poor" and "severe".

November 25, 2021 / 08:26 PM IST
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Schools in Gurugram district, shut over the past eight days due to the severe air pollution, will reopen from November 26, reports said.

Both state-run and private schools in the district will resume physical classes from tomorrow, NDTV reported on November 25.

The closure order was issued by the Haryana government on November 18, as the air quality index (AQI) in Gurugram, part of the National Capital Region (NCR), had deteriorated and kept fluctuating between "very poor" and "severe".

Along with schools, colleges and other educational institutes were also asked to remain shut. The institutes were asked to conduct classes online.

The order to resume physical classes comes a day after the AQI in Gurugram improved to "poor category", after fluctuating between very poor and severe over the past eight days.

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The city on November 24 registered an average AQI of  270, down from 310 recorded a day earlier. Gurugram had last recorded "poor" air quality on November 14, when the AQI was measured as 284.

Notably, an AQI between zero and 50 is considered 'good', 51 and 100 'satisfactory', 101 and 200 'moderate', 201 and 300 'poor', 301 and 400 'very poor', and 401 and 500 'severe'.

Also Read | Delhi government to reopen schools, colleges from November 29

In neighbouring Delhi, where schools and colleges were shut since November 15 due to the air pollution, the Arvind Kejriwal-led government has decided to reopen them from November 29.

The decision was taken due to the relative improvement in the national capital's AQI, Delhi Environment Gopal Rai said on November 24.
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first published: Nov 25, 2021 08:05 pm

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