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India's first smog tower comes up in Delhi; all you need to know

By Jasleen Kaur -- August 23, 2021 1:40 pm -- Updated:August 23, 2021 2:23 pm

With an aim to improving the air quality of Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday inaugurated the country's first smog tower at Connaught Place. It is a pilot project and initial trends will be available within a month. After further updates, more smog towers will be installed in Delhi to check pollution.

About the smog tower

Amid incresing pollution, the Delhi Cabinet had approved India's first pilot project in October last year. The smog tower will be able to purify 1,000 cubic metres of air per second. It is a 20-metre-tall structure that can improve air quality in a radius of around 1 km. A control room has been set up at the site to monitor the operations of the smog tower.

Delhi CM Kejriwal to inaugurate India's first smog tower today. Details here

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Another on the cards

Another 25-metre-tall smog tower, being built by the Central Government, at Anand Vihar, is expected to become operational by August 31.

The cost involved

Smog towers will cost Rs 22 crore each.

CM Kejriwal to inaugurate Delhi 1st smog tower on August 23 | Deccan Herald

Brainchild of pollution control board  

The idea to install smog towers to check pollution was initially proposed by the Central Pollution Control Board in 2018.  The towers are estimated to reduce the concentration of PM 2.5 up to 70 per cent in a 1-km radius around them.

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The Supreme Court had in January last year directed the Central Government to construct a smog tower to reduce pollution at Anand Vihar, and the Delhi government to install another such structure at Connaught Place in three months.

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-PTC News with inputs from agencies

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