New Delhi | Jagran Education Desk: Noida Administration on Wednesday announced to shut schools, colleges, and other educational institutions till further notice amid rising pollution. 

"Due to increasing air pollution, schools, colleges and all other educational institutions will remain closed till further notice," said Gautam Buddh Nagar District Magistrate Suhas LY reported ANI.

The Air Quality Index (AQI) dropped from 'very poor' category to 'severe category' in the city on Wednesday.

He said that online classes will continue in all the institutions and the officials will monitor the air quality on regular basis.

Earlier in the day, the Centre had issued an order asking all its employees posted in the National Capital Region(NCR) to use public transport as far as possible for their commute to work.

Also, Delhi's Environment Minister Gopal Rai said that his government has decided to shut schools, colleges, and other educational institutions till further orders, and extend the ban on construction and demolition activities till November 21.

Amid all this, Delhi's adjoining state Haryana announced to reopen the schools from December 1st with 100 percent capacity. But, the Haryana government had also ordered a shutdown of all schools in the state till 17 November due to the peaking air pollution levels.

As per the SAFAR bulletin, Noida's AQI stood at 479 on Wednesday morning.

Faridabad (350), Ghaziabad (368), Greater Noida (358), Gurugram (354), and Noida (369) also recorded air quality in the very poor category.

An AQI between zero and 50 is considered 'good', 51 and 100 'satisfactory', 101 and 200 'moderate', 201 and 300 'poor', 301 and 400 'very poor', and 401 and 500 'severe'.

(With Agencies Inputs)

Posted By: Ashita Singh