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Schools in Noida, Gr Noida shut till Nov 5 due to rising pollution

Dense smog in Dwarka on November 3, 2019.

Dense smog in Dwarka on November 3, 2019.   | Photo Credit: V.V. Krishnan

All government and private schools up till Class 12 in Noida and Greater Noida will remain closed on November 4 and 5 in the wake of spike in the pollution level, officials said on November 3.

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The Gautam Buddh Nagar administration said the decision has been taken as the levels of particulate matter 2.5 and 10 have been excessive in the air since Diwali, resulting in a major dip in the overall air quality.

“Transport vehicles like buses and minibuses, which a lot of schools use to ferry children, are a major contributor of PM 2.5 and PM 10. The movement of such vehicles in the city now could aggravate the situation,” District Magistrate B.N. Singh said in a written order. “Hence, it is ordered that all schools up till Class 12 in Gautam Buddh Nagar will remain closed on November 4 and 5.”

At 10.35 a.m. on November 3, the air quality index (AQI) of Noida was 487, while that of Greater Noida was 470, both in the “severe” category, which means it affects healthy people and seriously impacts those with existing diseases.

The air quality in the twin-cities adjoining Delhi has worsened since Friday and Saturday, as per the official data.

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