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Delhi schools, colleges and govt offices to reopen from 29 Nov as Capital sees improvement in air quality

The ban on the entry of vehicles operating on other fuels will remain till 3 December, said Environment Minister Gopal Rai

Students, wearing masks to get protection from air pollution, go to their school by a rickshaw, in New Delhi. PTI

New Delhi: In view of an “improvement” in the air quality, the Delhi government has decided to resume physical classes in schools, colleges and other educational institutions and reopen government offices from 29 November.

Only CNG and electric vehicles, barring those engaged in essential services, will be allowed to enter Delhi from 27 November, the minister said after a meeting to review curbs to tackle air pollution.

The ban on the entry of vehicles operating on other fuels will remain till 3 December, he said.

Rai urged government staff to use public transport.

“We hired private CNG buses recently. We have decided to use them to ferry employees from government residential colonies such as Gulabi Bagh and Nimri Colony,” he said.

The government will also start a shuttle bus service from the Delhi Secretariat to ITO and Indraprastha metro stations for its employees.

“The air quality has improved over the last three days. The city’s AQI is similar to pre-Diwali days,” he said.

On November 13, the city government had ordered closure of all educational institutes, banned construction and demolition activities and asked its employees to work from home to combat air pollution and minimise its health effects.

On November 17, it had extended the restrictions, besides banning the entry of trucks carrying non-essential items in Delhi.

The ban on construction and demolition activities was lifted on Monday in view of an improvement in the air quality and inconvenience caused…

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