India installs first “smog tower”


New Delhi smog tower

A man sits next to a smog tower in New Delhi, India. Adnan Abidi / Reuters

  • New Delhi’s first “smog tower” uses 40 giant fans to purify air with a radius of 0.4 square miles.

  • Air quality is a big issue in New Delhi, and the city’s Prime Minister Arvind Keziwar called it. 2019 “ gas chamber” Because of the overwhelming pollution there.

  • Critics say the government should focus on reducing emissions rather than building smog towers.

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India’s capital, New Delhi, opened its first “smog tower” on Monday to purify the air in the world’s most polluted capital, but experts are confident that it will work. not.

Using 40 giant fans and 5,000 filters, the 82-foot tower draws in polluted air from above, filters it, and pumps it out from below. Local news NDTV. according to India ExpressThe tower covers a radius of 0.4 square miles and filters about 35,000 cubic feet of air per second.

“Today is a big day for Delhi in the fight against pollution for clean air,” said city Prime Minister Arvind Keziwar. According to AFP, he said at the opening.

Kejiwar Called New Delhi a “gas chamber” in 2019 Due to the overwhelming pollution there, but air pollution continues to be a major problem throughout India. Lancet study in 2020 Air pollution killed 1.67 million in 2019.

New Delhi has been the most polluted capital of the world for the past three years. IQAir, a Swiss group monitoring air quality levels.. IQAir measures air quality Based on PM2.5Fine airborne particles that can cause inflammation of the lungs and respiratory tract and cause serious health problems.

According to IQAir, air in New Delhi regularly exceeds PM2.5 safety levels by up to 20 times, and experts say at least in the city. 213 smog tower To solve the pollution problem.

The single tower announced on Monday is a pilot program, and authorities will study it for two years to determine its effectiveness, NDTV reported.

But critics have maliciously viewed smog towers as the real solution they call, a costly distraction from emission control. “Let’s make it clear that this is wasteful and absolute waste,” Karthik Ganesan, a researcher at the Energy, Environment and Water Council, told AFP.

According to NDTV, the council’s program leader, Tanushree Ganguly, said there was no scientific evidence that the tower could effectively reduce pollution levels.

According to India Express, the tower’s $ 2 million price tag was another concern for Dipankar Saha, a former additional director of India’s Central Pollution Control Commission.

“The tower is localized. How many such facilities do you need in Delhi at such a high investment cost?” He told Express.

In 2018, China built a similar smog tower- 328 foot air purifier -In Xi’an. Authorities are still assessing its effectiveness, but said preliminary results are promising.

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