Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will inaugurate India’s first ever smog tower at Baba Kharak Singh Marg in the Connaught Place area on Monday to help tackle growing air pollution in the nation’s capital. The Delhi cabinet approved the project in October 2020. Environment Minister Gopal Rai said last week that the 20-meter-long structure, which was put in place to improve air quality within a radius of about one kilometer, will operate at full capacity. after the monsoon. The tower, built at the cost of ??The 20 crore tower was funded by the Delhi government.
“Subsequently, the experts will assess its impact on pollution. Based on the results, we will make the decision to install more equipment, ”he told reporters. Previously, the minister said construction work on the smog tower has been delayed due to the ongoing coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.
A smog tower is a structure designed to function as a large-scale air purifier to reduce air pollution particles. It is essential equipment for Delhi, which is one of the most polluted cities in the country and in the world and which has seen a significant drop in its air quality in recent years.
Environment Minister Rai also said Thursday that the Connaught Place smog tower would be able to purify 1,000 cubic meters of air per second. An official told the PTI news agency that a two-year study will be undertaken to verify the effectiveness of the tower after it is commissioned, adding that a control room has also been installed at the site to monitor its operations.
Meanwhile, the Center has also built a 25-meter-high smog tower at Anand Vihar that could become operational by the end of August, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) said on Thursday.
The two smog towers were built by Tata Projects Limited (TPL) with technical assistance from IIT Bombay in collaboration with IIT Delhi. The National Buildings Construction Corporation (NBCC) India Ltd has been appointed as Project Management Consultant.
The PTI also reported that the Delhi Pollution Control Committee is the nodal agency for the Connaught Place smog tower, while the CPCB is the nodal agency for the Anand Vihar tower. The two towers will use 1,200 air filters each developed by experts at the University of Minnesota in the United States. They are estimated to reduce the concentration of PM2.5 by up to 70% within a mile radius of them.
(With PTI inputs)