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Delhi gets its first smog tower to combat air pollution

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Delhi pollution has become the talk of the town and accordingly steps have been taken to keep it under control.

 

The first smog tower has been installed at south Delhi’s popular Lajpat Nagar Central Market. The 20 ft. tall device will purify the air from the area, which sees a footfall of nearly 15,000 people every day.

 

The equipment installed by Trader’s Association Lajpat Nagar (TALN), will be inaugurated by cricketer-turned politician MP Gautam Gambhir today.

 

General Secretary of the Trader’s Association – Lajpat Nagar, Ashawini Marwah said that such initiatives are the need of the hour keeping in view the alarming population rise in the city, which has also become a pollution capital.

 

The Supreme Court in November 2019 had asked the Center and the Delhi government to come up with a roadmap of installing smog towers in the National Capital Region (NCR) to combat air pollution.

Here are a few things you need to know about the Smog tower –

  • Height – The 20 ft. tall tower is erected on a four feet high platform on a covered drain near Veer Savarkar Marg in Lajpat Nagar Central Market.
  • Cost – The project costs 7 lakh that has been procured by Gautam Gambhir Foundation. The running cost of the device will be 30, 000 that will be done by the Trader’s association.
  • Design – A Cylindrical design built like a pole with big inlet and four outlet units, the air purifier is fitted with exhaust fans to suck in polluted air. The tower is coloured in four colours, orange on the top, white in the middle, green bellow white and blue at the bottom.
  • Area of influence- The tower will purify the air within a circumference area of almost 500 meters to 750 meters. The purifier aims at treating 2, 50,000 to 6, 00000 cubic meter air and release fresh air in return.
  • Pollutants it will treat – The machine inside will remove nearly 80% of particulate matter and spew fresh air through outlets thus bringing down pollution levels.

The smog towers are to be installed on the lines of China, which has experimented with this technology.

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