In order to fight air pollution, the Delhi government on Friday decided to install a smog tower at Connaught place which is one of the main business centers in the city. Delhi on Wednesday recorded an average air quality index (AQI) of 215 which falls in the poor category. AQI between 201 and 300 is considered poor. In over three months, this is for the first time that the air quality of the city has dropped to the poor category. While speaking to an online media, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that the tower will suck the air from the top and release filtered air near the ground.
The tower at Connaught Place is in addition to the Central government’s smog tower coming up in Anand Vihar. As the air quality in the national capital became poor, the Cabinet has sanctioned a proposal to install a ‘smog tower’ in Connaught Place. As per Kejriwal, the government has allotted ₹20 crores for this. The smog tower is likely to come up in 10 months. In recent years, Delhi has been witnessing poor air quality due to a rise in stubble burning. This year the Delhi government is offering a new stubble decomposer solution to farmers for free to stop the practice of stubble burning.
In the recent years, Delhi has been among the major cities in the world with toxic air quality. The need for such a smog tower was felt for the last many years. And finally, the central government approved the budget for first such tower in the capital city.