Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has inaugurated the country's first smog tower at Connaught Place in the national capital on Monday.
Connaught Place is one of the most polluted cities in the world. Kejriwal said it will prove to be a milestone for the country and many more towers can be installed in the capital if this project yields significant results.
The CM said, "This is the first such smog tower in the country. It's a new technology. We have imported it from the US. The structure will suck polluted air from above and release clean air from below. It will purify 1,000 cubic metres of air per second".
The Tata Projects Limited (TPL) has built the smog tower with technical support from IIT-Bombay and IIT-Delhi while NBCC India Ltd is the project management consultant. Experts at the University of Minnesota helped in developing the tower which has 40 fans and 5000 filters.
Experts will be analysing the smog tower and give the data to the government. If the tower gets it's expected results then more towers will be set up and if not then any other new technology will be tested.
Other environmentalists and experts fell that these towers may provide immediate relief from air pollution but they are a costly project which has no scientific evidence till now which can prove it's efficiency in the long term.