CM Kejriwal inaugurates India's first smog tower in Delhi
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has inaugurated India’s first smog tower at Connaught Place today. This tower would filter pollutants in the air within a one-km radius.
Inaugurating the smog tower at Baba Kharak Singh Marg, Arvind states that it has been designed using “American technology” which would absorb the polluted air from the top, filter out pollutants, and release clean air from the bottom.
Arvind states, “This is among Delhi government’s many efforts to improve the air quality of the city. We are operating this on a trial basis and teams from Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) will be monitoring how effective this is.”
He further adds, “If it proves successful, more such towers will be set up all over Delhi. This has been developed under the expert supervision of scientists from IIT-Bombay and IIT-Delhi, so we are hopeful that it will yield the desired results.”
The smog tower, which has been constructed over the instructions of the Supreme Court, is 20-metre high and is estimated to cost 20 crore.
Senior DPCC officials states that the effectiveness of the tower would be studied for the next two years and the initial findings are expected to come out by the next month.
Alongside, such smog tower is been constructed at Anand Vihar. This is being built by the Central Pollution Control Board and is expected to be inaugurated by August 31.