Delhi Gets Its Very First Smog Tower In Lajpat Nagar To Combat Pollution

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Delhi has become one of the most polluted cities not only in India but also in the world. Ministry of Earth Sciences’ System of Air Quality Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR), stated that the overall air quality index (AQI) of Delhi in the past few days has been as high as 419, which is labeled as ‘severely hazardous’ category.

In order to curb the growing pollution, the government has installed a 20-feet-tall smog tower in the Lajpat Nagar market of the national capital. The tower is a large scale air purifier that is fitted with several exhaust fans that will suck the pollutants from the environment, reports TOI.

Lajpat Nagar market reportedly experiences a footfall of more than 15,000 per day. The smog tower is likely to keep the air surrounding it clean. Experts suggest that the tower that runs on electricity will result in an 80% reduction of particulate matter in the air.

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With the help of the Traders Association Lajpat Nagar (TALN), east Delhi MP Gautam Gambhir installed the equipment that costs around Rs. 7 lakh in Lajpat Nagar.

Speaking of other details, the General Secretary of Traders Association Lajpat Nagar told HT,

“The running cost of the facility will be around Rs 30,000 which will be borne by the traders’ association of Lajpat Nagar. This tower will purify the air within a circumference area of up to 750 meters. Such initiatives are important to combat air pollution in Delhi, which has also become a pollution capital.”

If the idea of smog tower turns out to be successful and useful for the environment, more such equipment will be installed in the different parts of the city in the coming days.

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