Delhi CM to inaugurate India’s First Smog Tower

Chief Minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal, will inaugurate India’s first smog tower at Baba Kharak Singh Marg in Connaught Place (CP), Delhi.

Smog tower at CP

  • It is over 20-metre-tall structure and was set up to improve air quality in a radius of around 1 km.
  • The tower will operate at full capacity after the monsoon season.
  • This smog-tower was built at the cost of Rs 20 crores.
  • Performance of the tower will be assessed by scientists of the Delhi Pollution Control Committee and they will present a monthly report.

Smog tower at Anand Vihar

Central government will build a 25-metre-tall smog tower at Anand Vihar. It is likely to become operational by August 31.

Who have designed the tower?

Kurin Systems is developing a 12-metre-tall smog tower in Delhi. The tower is dubbed as Kurin City Cleaner. Tower at CP as well as Anand Vihar will comprise of 1,200 air filters developed by experts at the University of Minnesota, United States. This university also helped in designing a 100-metre-high smog tower in Xian, China.

Background

This project was approved by Delhi cabinet in October 2020. It was approved after The Supreme Court directed the central government in January 2020 to construct a smog tower in order to reduce pollution at Anand Vihar and Delhi government to install it at Connaught Place in three months.

What is smog tower?

Smog towers are structures that are designed as large-scale air purifiers in order reduce air pollution particles. Prototype for such structure was built in 2017 in Beijing (China) by Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde. A 100-metre tower was built in Xi’an, Shaanxi in 2018 in a bid to tackle pollution.

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