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AAP govt to set up air purifiers in Delhi to curb air pollution

News Agencies | First published: 28 October 2016, 19:16 IST
Satyendar Jain
Delhi health minister Satyendra Jain, photo: PTI

In a bid to curb air pollution, the Delhi government will soon set up air purifiers at five major traffic congestion points.

This move has been taken on the recommendations of the task force headed by Health Minister Satyendra Jain.

The Delhi Government and National Environment and Energy Research Institute (NEERI) is at the final stages of discussion to set up this mega air purifier in 15 days at five major traffic congestion points, which include Anand Vihar, Kashmiri Gate, ITO, AIIMS/IIT Delhi and Sarai Kale Khan, on a pilot basis.

The government has assured that it will make all the five set ups functional within six weeks.

Jain said a mist fountain technology will be set up at a major intersection on a pilot basis, adding this will throw mist in polluted air from recycled water which will trap the dust particles in the air.

"Mist air pollution technology is very established but has not yet been tried for outdoor air pollution. To try its efficiency, we will test it on outdoor air pollution," said Jain.

Talking about the solid waste management system, Jain said the Rajghat Power Plant, which is not functional since a while will be turned into an energy power plant. 400 mt/per day waste will be used in the first phase, which will later be expanded to 6000 mt/day.

All phases of this project are expected to be functional by December 2017.

However, no announcement has yet been made on the Odd-Even scheme.

The Delhi Government had on 27 October issued a warning for a "critically polluted period ahead" as the capital recorded its worst air quality since February.

The National Air Quality Index showed that pollution levels were severe at Anand Vihar, RK Puram and Punjabi Bagh. The air quality at Dilshad Garden, Dwarka and Mandir Marg stations was "very poor".

Delhi has been witnessing high rate of air pollution since the last one year.

The Delhi Government tried to curb the pollution by implementing Odd-Even scheme in December last year.

--ANI

First published: 28 October 2016, 19:16 IST
 
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