Chandigarh, Nov 9: The Punjab school education department has issued an order directing all the government, private aided and recognised schools of Punjab to remain closed for next three days (from November 9 to 11)  starting from today. The schools will reopen on Monday (November 13). The directive has been given due to thick fog and inclement weather. “The schools would remain shut from November 9 till 11th,” state Education Minister Aruna Chaudhary said while issuing the statement.

Noida district magistrate has also directed schools up to Class 8 to be shut on Thursday and Friday, due to dense smog in various parts of the city. Aligarh district magistrate has also directed all the schools up to Class 8to be shut on Thursday and Friday owing to accidents taking place due to dense fog and inclement weather. (Also Read: Sale of Air-Purifiers, Masks, Respirators Surge as Smog Engulfs Delhi-NCR)

On Wednesday, eight students were killed in an accident related to dense fog in Bathinda, Punjab. Four people were killed at Kari Kalan village in Ferozepur district due to dense fog. Haryana government issued a statement to all the schools directing them to change school timings to 9 AM to 3:30 PM until November 30. The Delhi government has also asked all the school to remain closed until November 12.

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Thursday pulled up Delhi Government, Municipal Corporations and the neighbouring states, asking them to see the “pitiable condition of people in hospitals and the way their lives are being played with”. “It is shameful for all the parties in this matter on what they’re passing on to the next generation,” NGT observed.

“Even construction work taking place openly isn’t being stopped, and when such a situation has ensued now action is being promised,” it said, and slammed the neighboring states of Delhi and raised a question on their seriousness on the grievous situation. “Right to life is being snatched from people since they’re not getting a clean environment,” it said.