Delhi is ranked among the most polluted cities in the world, where air quality is affected by particulate matter such as PM 2.5 and PM 10 found in the air due to excessive pollution.
Delhi is ranked among the most polluted cities in the world, where air quality is affected by particulate matter such as PM 2.5 and PM 10 found in the air due to excessive pollution. These fine particles floating in the air can cause serious harm to health by entering the body through the respiratory system. The hazy blanket of smog during winters increases this danger manifold. Various measures are being taken to meet this challenge. In this sequence, a smog tower is being set up to ensure the air quality in Delhi.
A smog tower is a specialized structure designed as a large/medium scale air purifier to reduce air pollution. Virtually inaugurating India’s first functional smog tower at Anand Vihar, Delhi, Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Shri Bhupendra Yadav expressed hope that the pilot smog tower project will yield effective results and efforts to improve air quality. Will complement. This information has been given in a statement issued by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.
It is a downdraft smog tower in Anand Vihar with a height of more than 20 meters. In this, polluted air comes from the top of the tower and clean air comes out from below. Its objective is to reduce air pollution (particulate matter) locally. The filtration system used in the tower has been designed by the University of Minnesota with an expected efficiency of 90%. Large fans have been installed to provide airflow rate of 1000 cubic meters per second. The tower has been constructed by Tata Projects Limited in association with NBCC (India) Limited.
The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) are implementing the National Clean Air Program (NCAP) in the country from 2019 onwards to increase particulate matter (PM 10 and PM 2.5) concentrations across the country by the year 2024. The target is to achieve a reduction of 20 to 30%. On this occasion a portal named “PRANA” (Portal for Regulation of Air-Pollution in Non-Attention Cities) has also been launched for regulation of air pollution under National Clean Air Program (NCAP). Portal www.prana.cpcb.gov.in It will help in tracking the physical and financial status of the implementation of the Air Action Plan of the cities and provide air quality information to the public.
Cities are placed in the ‘non-containment’ category that meet the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for PM10 (particulate matter, which is 10 microns or less in diameter) or nitrogen dioxide for 5 consecutive years. unable to complete. of 132 Non-Attention Cities (NACs)/Million Plus Cities (MPCs) targeting city air pollution sources (soil and road dust, vehicles, household fuels, burning of municipal waste, construction materials and industries). City-specific action plans have been prepared and are being implemented to improve air quality for the
The Union Minister, who was speaking at an event to mark the second International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies in New Delhi, said that the Union Government has taken several initiatives to improve the air quality across the country, including The Prime Minister himself is setting a target of overall improvement in air quality in over 100 cities. The environment minister said, “As compared to 2018, 86 cities recorded better air quality in 2019, which increased to 104 cities in 2020.”
(India Science Wire)