India’s First Smog Tower Current Affairs for UPSC. The Chief Minister of Delhi inaugurated a ‘smog tower’ in Connaught Place and said similar towers would be built across the city, if results of the current pilot project are satisfactory.
Smog towers are structures that are designed as large-scale air puriﬁers in order to reduce air pollution particles.
The smog tower is a 24 metre-high structure ﬁtted with fans and air ﬁlters. This is to solve the problem of Air Pollution in Delhi.
It will draw in polluted air from the top and release ﬁltered air near the ground through fans ﬁtted on the sides. The tower has 40 big fans and 5,000 ﬁlters to clean the air.
These are electrostatic air ﬁlters that can ﬁlter out microparticles, including those that constitute smoke, household dust and pollen, according to the
project description. A Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system has been installed in the tower to collect data and monitor its functioning.
This tower has been established as a pilot project and detailed studies will be conducted on its performance. IIT-Delhi and IIT-Bombay will analyse data and submit a report on the effectiveness of the tower.
Central government will build a 25-metre-tall smog tower at Anand Vihar. It is likely to become operational by August 31.