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Connaught Place smog tower has ‘noticeable impact’ on air pollution: Gopal Rai

24-meter-tall structure reduces air pollution by 70-80% within 50-meter radius, minister says

24-meter-tall structure reduces air pollution by 70-80% within 50-meter radius, minister says

The anti-smog tower installed by the Delhi government at Connaught Place is having a “noticeable impact” in reducing air pollution within a radius of 300 meters, Delhi’s environment minister Gopal said on Friday. Ray.

Mr Rai said that based on data collected over a year, the smog tower was found to have reduced air pollution within a 50 meter radius by 70-80% and within a 300 meter radius. meters from 15 to 20%.

“We observed that the smog towers showed a noticeable impact up to a distance of 300 meters. Beyond that, anti-smog towers don’t have as much impact for several reasons,” he added.

The 24-meter tall smog tower was inaugurated as a pilot project by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at a cost of ₹20 crore.

Mr Rai said the report on the operation of the tower was carried out by teams from the Indian Institute of Technology (Bombay and Delhi) and the Delhi Pollution Control Committee. He added that the teams are constantly monitoring the project.

“We are still in the experimental phase of using this technology. Improvements are made to overcome the obstacles we encounter. The pilot project having been put into service for two years, the teams will continue the study of the impact of the tower on pollution for another year, after which they will submit their final report”, declared the Minister.

The government will formulate its future air pollution strategy based on the report, Rai added.