About 43 teams visited sites of 248 complaints in Delhi while two teams attended to 11 complaints in Gurgaon, two teams to 31 complaints in Faridabad, two teams to 5 complaints in Noida and Greater Noida and three teams for 21 complaints in Ghaziabad.
The System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR), weather forecasting body under Ministry of Earth Science, said the moisture in the air on Wednesday was normal, thus reducing the air holding capacity.
Delhi may also see pollution response measure under "severe-plus" category that include parking fee hike, odd-even vehicle rationing scheme and ban on entry of trucks into Delhi. Just as the celebration of the Hindu holiday of Dawali approaches, the government-appointed Environment Pollution (Prevention & Control) Authority has issued a warning that particle pollution in the city will be "severe" for at least the next week.
"Even if 50 percent of the total load of toxic fire crackers as compared to Diwali-2017 is added, the prevailing weather conditions will aggravate the high smoke level and make air quality to persist in severe range for at least two day on November 8 and November 9", the SAFAR said in a report.
He was addressing mediaperson in New Delhi after a detailed review meeting with NCR Ministers and Senior officers on implementation of Air Pollution Control Action Plan for NCR. Delhi Air Pollution: Poor Air Quality Index Detected in Lodhi Road Area, PM 10 Drops to 283.
The permissible limit for PM2.5 and PM10 is 60 and 80 units by national standards and 25 and 50 units by global standards.
The PM2.5 and PM10 across 47 regions of NCR were 359 and 498 units.
It is estimated that approximately 35 million tons of crop are set afire by these states, which engulfs Delhi creating a layer of smog. It is supposed to remain for a few days around Diwali. "I would like to take this occasion to share with the residents of the national capital, the existing ambient air quality position and would like to request the residents to persuade their near and dear ones for desisting from bursting fire crackers and convince their children about the importance of a green and clean Diwali", he said. The air quality between 2 pm to 8 pm will be relatively better, SAFAR added.
The Centre-run Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA), had issued a notification predicting that there will be a depletion of air quality post Diwali period from (November 8 to November 10) due to the low dispersion and winds from the northwest part of India, which will result in increase emission levels in and around Delhi and National Capital Region.