As Delhi’s AQI improves, schools to reopen from Nov 20

The state government has revoked GRAP IV curbs and have directed to reopen the schools from November 20.

Sonia Dham
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Courtesy: ANI

The Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) for Delhi and the surrounding areas was withdrawn on Saturday by the Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM) as the air quality has seen an improvement from the "severe" to the "very poor" level.

This occurred following the city's average Air Quality Index (AQI) of 319, as reported in the Central Pollution Control Board's (CPCB) daily AQI Bulletin on Saturday. But the air quality remains ‘very poor’ as on Sunday, the AQI was measured at 398.

According to the most recent CAQM guideline, Stage IV of the Graded Response Action Plan prohibits all medium and large freight vehicles that are not involved in key services from operating in the capital (GRAP).

Schools to reopen on Nov 20

With an improvement reported in AQI, the state government has directed both, government and private schools to resume classes in offline mode from November 20 after the revocation of GRAP IV. However, outdoor activities in the school will stay on hold for another week.

It is to be noted here that due to worsening condition of air quality Delhi government directed the school administrations to go long winter break starting from November 8 till November 19, 2023.