Delhi gets its first Smog Tower

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With Delhi having the distinction of being the most polluted and smog filled city in India, a smog tower has been installed in one of the busiest places in the national capital. The 20 feet tall smog tower has been erected at Lajpat Nagar Central Market in South Delhi.

Nearly 15,000 people visit the Lajpat Market on an average daily. The smog Tower has been installed by the Traders Association Lajpat Nagar (TALN). It also has the help of the East Delhi MP Gautam Gambhir.

Traders Association Lajpat Naga General Secretary Ashwani Marwah had told the media that such facilities to clean the air was needed in view of the alarming levels of pollution in the city. The air pollution levels in the city had shown an alarming pollutant range.

In November 2019, the Supreme Court had asked the Central and Delhi governments to come up with a road map for installing smog towers in the Delhi region.

Despite smog tower being installed and more towers could be followed in the coming days, some have even raised doubts of the feasibility of such smog towers. They said that there was no data to establish that such smog towers had cleaned up air. They have also said that no data was available if these had ever purified the air.

The smog tower in South Delhi is 20 feet high and erected near Veer Savarkar Marg. The total height from road level is 24 feet. It has to be noted that China had built a large tower which comes to nearly 328 ft high.

The smog tower in Delhi has been installed at a cost of Rs seven lakh. The smog tower is cylindrical in shape with an inlet and four outlets. The air purifiers are fitted with exhaust fans to suck in polluted air. It has been said that the smog tower would purify the air within 500 meters to 750 meters.

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