Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal on Monday inaugurated India’s first smog tower at Connaught Place in Delhi. It will purify 1,000 cubic meters of air per second within a radius of about 1 km.
Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai was also present during the inauguration ceremony. CM Kejriwal said that this tower has been installed as a pilot project. And its initial trends will be found within a month. If this pilot project is successful, more smog towers will be installed in the national capital.
It was earlier said by the officials that after the commissioning of the smog tower, its effect would be studied for two years. A control room has been set up to monitor the operation of the smog tower.
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Environment Minister Gopal Rai said that the tower higher than 20 meters will clean the air of one kilometer around it. Will start working at full capacity after monsoon. Earlier, the Delhi Cabinet had approved the pilot project in October last year. On the other hand, Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) officials said that another 25 meter high tower built by the central government will start functioning by August 31 at Anand Vihar.
how does it work
This smog tower will draw the contaminated air and clean it and release it at a height of 10 meters. This smog tower draws the polluted air towards itself and then releases the clean air. The beauty of the smog tower is that it will supply clean air by taking in the polluted air of about one square kilometer area.
The smog tower has been built by Tata Projects Limited. The work is being done in technical collaboration with IIT-Bombay. A smog tower built at a cost of 22 crores can reduce the pollutant PM 2.5 by 70 percent within a radius of 1 km around it.
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