Gurugram air quality at 'hazardous levels'
Gurugram: The announcement by the Delhi Government to close all its primary schools has provided as a slight reprieve to large number of children in Gurugram also. Large number of students from Gurugram still prefers schools in Delhi for their education.
Long distance travel and longer duration of exposure however make the health of these children extremely vulnerable. While the parents of these children admit that it is a challenge for them to send their kids to Delhi, lack of choices and compulsion leave them with fewer options.
Taking cognisance of the deteriorating air, the Deputy Commissioner office of Gurugram has ordered that the timings of the school will be changed to 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. Some school management in Gurugram are however mulling the decisions to close the school for few days.
Already strict guidelines have been passed in most of the school in the city to not allow any outdoor activities for children.
Already worsening, the air quality levels reached hazardous levels with particulate matter of 2.5 microns reaching the levels of 270-300 micrograms per cubic metre way above than the safe limit of 60.
Other poisonous concentrations like sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, carbon monoxide were also at extremely unhealthy levels.
Owing to the weather conditions, the concentration of all these poisonous substances is highest in the morning, the time when most of the school children have to go to their schools.
Besides hazardous levels of pollution, thick layer of smog also enveloped the city which reduced the visibility to less than 50 metres that further caused trouble for city residents.