More than 70% of parents in Delhi and NDR believe there should be a "smog break" in schools from November 1 to 20 each year, according to new research.
Research with nearly 10,000 respondents from the Delhi and NDR region also found that parents want smog fall leaves to be offset by shrinking leaves from summer, winter and spring breaks combined to ensure the study calendar is not affected. .
"74 percent of parents in hi Delhi, Sharidabad, Gaziabad, Noida and Gurgaon want a smog break scheduled from November 1 to 20 every year when the air quality is worse," according to a survey conducted by the online platform Local Circles “.
"Raising concerns about how frequent breaks can affect the school curriculum and curriculum of activities, parents suggested that smog break leaves could be compensated by reducing other annual breaks," the research report said.
As air pollution approached the state of emergency on November 1, the Supreme Court's Environmental Pollution Control Commission (EPSA) mandated a public health state and the administration ordered schools to be closed by November 5.
Also last month, schools were to be closed four days after air quality levels hit a "state of emergency" level.
While schools obliged parents to send their children wearing masks to schools, outdoor activities remained suspended. Several private schools also installed air purifiers to ensure that students were not affected.
The children's festivities scheduled for November 14 were also to be excluded as schools were closed on the day. Students and several school principals wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking for his intervention in the problem.
In a similar survey earlier this month, over 40 percent of Delhi and NDP residents said they wanted to move to another city because of poor air quality, while 16 percent wanted to travel during the period.
When asked how pollution affects them and their family in the past week, 13% of respondents said that one or more of them had visited a hospital already while 29% said one or more of them had already seen a doctor.
Delhi has received some attention on Sunday morning as air quality has improved from "heavy" to "bad".
The Delhi Air Quality Index (AQI) at 9am on Sunday was 254 against AQI of 412 at the same time on Saturday. AQI in Haridabad was 228, Gaziabad 241, Greater Noida 192, Noida 224 and Gurgaon 193.
AQI between 201 and 300 is considered "poor", 301-400 "very poor" and 401-500 "serious". However, according to experts, pollution is likely to increase from November 20 onwards, as another western disturbance will result in wind speed dipping.