Noida Shuts Down School for Classes 1-8 as Air Quality Plummets

NOIDA: In light of the National Capital Region’s increasing pollution, all schools in Noida and Greater Noida were ordered on Thursday to hold classes online for students up to Class 8 until November 8.

The schools have also been told to hold classes for students of Class 9 to 12 online as far as possible, said the order issued by Gautam Buddh Nagar’s District Inspector of Schools (DIOS) Dharmveer Singh. Outdoor activities like sports or meetings will stay completely banned in all schools, the order said.

Gautam Buddh Nagar has around 1,800 schools including higher education centres, spread across Noida and Greater Noida, according to him. The air quality index on Thursday reached severe levels in Noida and Greater Noida, with thick smog engulfing parts of the western Uttar Pradesh district next to Delhi.

As part of anti-pollution measures under the final stage of the GRAP, a central panel ordered authorities to prohibit the entry of trucks into the capital as well as the use of four-wheeled diesel light motor vehicles in Delhi and neighboring NCR districts.

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