Air Pollution: Schools closed in 4 districts of Haryana till November 17

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Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 14

Keeping in view the rising level of air pollution in the National Capital Region (NCR), the Haryana government has ordered closure of schools in Gurugram, Faridabad, Sonipat and Jhajjar districts till November 17.

An official spokesperson said that as per the instructions issued by the Chief Secretary-cum-Chairman, Haryana State Executive Committee, all government and private schools will remain closed.

He further said that with an aim to reduce vehicular plying by 30 per cent on roads which will affect vehicular emissions and also reduce dust in the air, all government and private employees have been advised to work from home.

He said that vehicles older than 10/15 years (Diesel/Petrol respectively) would be strictly scrutinized for emissions and seized accordingly.

He also informed that there will be a complete ban on all types of construction and development activities. Mechanized stone crushers and hot mix plants used in construction activities will remain closed. Burning of garbage will not be allowed by the municipal bodies. There will be a ban on burning of stubble. He said that manual cleaning of roads would not be allowed.

He said that water will be sprinkled on the roads to control the dust pollution. The Deputy Commissioners shall constitute Joint Inspection Teams to implement the above instructions/instructions and ensure comprehensive investigation, monitoring and action against the violators as per the law/rules/instructions/instructions issued by the Government of Haryana from time to time.