The Delhi Pollution Control Committee on 2nd December 2021 has issued direction under section 5 of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 to close all Schools, Colleges, Educational Coaching Institutes, Skill Development & Training Institutes, Other Training Institutes, Libraries (except where exams are being conducted) until further review.
In November, the Delhi government announced the closure of physical classes and asked offices to work from home. Construction activities were also suspended. After being shut for a brief period, schools resumed physical classes from November 29, as the air quality saw a little improvement.
However air pollution levels still are very poor, and the forecast of Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Government of India as on 02.12.2021 as per their Air Quality Early Warning System for Delhi predicts that air quality is likely to remain in very poor category on 03.12.2021 and 04.12.2021, and winds are likely to remain slow/calm during 3rd to 5th December which is unfavorable for dispersion of pollutants, and the air quality for subsequent five days is also likely to remain in Very Poor category.
Therefore, the Government has announced the closure of all schools in the national capital till further orders because of an increase in the air pollution levels.