Connaught Place will soon get an anti-smog tower to tackle air pollution in its vicinity. It has been cleared by the Delhi cabinet and will be built at a cost of Rs 20 crore, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal announced on Friday.
The tower is, however, not likely to be operational this winter, with the chief minister stating that the government hopes to complete its installation work in the next 10 months.
“Two smog towers are being installed in Delhi, out of which one will be installed by the central government at Anand Vihar, and the second will be installed by Delhi government at Connaught Place,” he added. Anand Vihar is one of Delhi’s 13 pollution hotspots.
“The first smog tower in the world was installed in China,” said Kejriwal. While the CP tower is to be built on the same line, the technology will be different, he added. “In China, the smog tower sucks the polluted air from bottom and releases clean air from above. Our smog tower will suck the polluted air from above, and release the clean air from the bottom,” the chief minister clarified.
The Delhi cabinet has sanctioned Rs 20 crore for the installation of this “first-of-its-kind” smog tower, he said. If successful, more smog towers will be installed across the capital, he added.