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Delhi will get its first smog tower on Monday, CM to inaugurate structure

CM Arvind Kejriwal will inaugurate the tower, which is being built at Baba Kharag Singh Marg in Connaught Place, Environment Minister Gopal Rai said Thursday.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
Updated: August 20, 2021 7:40:44 am
The tower is likely to clean air around a 1-km radius. (Express Photo: Abhinav Saha)

Delhi will get its first smog tower, which aims to help combat air pollution at hotspots, on Monday.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will inaugurate the tower, which is being built at Baba Kharak Singh Marg in Connaught Place, Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai said Thursday.

The structure, which is over 20-metres-tall, is expected to clean the air around a 1-kilometre radius.

“Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will inaugurate the smog tower on August 23. Thereafter, experts will ascertain its impact on pollution. Based on the results, we will take a decision on installing more equipment,” he said.

The construction of the tower has been delayed because of the Covid pandemic.

The smog tower will be able to purify 1,000 cubic metres of air per second, Rai said. A two-year pilot study will be undertaken to ascertain the effectiveness of the smog tower after it becomes operational, an official said.

A control room has been set up at the site to monitor the operations of the smog tower.

Another 25-metre-tall smog tower, built by the central government at Anand Vihar, is expected to become operational by August 31, officials of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) said.

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