Delhi is likely to get another smog tower before this winter. A private firm’s decision to play hide and seek with Delhi High Court resulted in such an unexpected bonanza for the city’s fight against air pollution.
After a smog tower became operational in Connaught Place on August 23, an over-20m-high tower — Delhi’s second major similar facility — was inaugurated on Tuesday in Anand Vihar, which is among the city’s most polluted locations.
Delhi BJP on Monday hit out at Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal over his remarks that India's first smog tower had been inaugurated on Monday and accused him of "mastery in lying". The party said that Delhi's first smog tower was installed by BJP MP from East Delhi Gautam Gambhir in 2020.
Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday inaugurated India's first ever smog tower in the capital's Connaught Place area. The over 20-metre-tall structure, has been set up to improve air quality in a radius of around 1km.
Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal is expected to inaugurate the national capital's first smog tower at Connaught Place on August 23, Delhi government officials said on Friday.
Tata Projects on Thursday inaugurated a smog tower at Anand Vihar, which has been built with similar technology as the one under construction at Connaught Place.
A new analysis of the winter pollution levels in Delhi-NCR says that while the seasonal average was higher than the previous winter's, the severity and duration of smog episodes were lower. The number of days with "severe" and "very poor" levels of PM2.5 concentration has been comparatively lower this winter but the number of days in the "poor" category has increased.
Environment minister Gopal Rai said the construction of a smog tower at Baba Kharak Singh Marg in Connaught Place would be completed by August 15. The initial deadline for the project was June, but was delayed due to the second wave of Covid-19.
A thick layer of smog has surrounded parts of the national capital on Monday leading to decreased visibility, according to India Meteorological Department (IMD).
The Centre Monday told the Supreme Court that work for installation of smog tower at Anand Vihar in east Delhi has started and soil samples have been taken for examining the structural stability.
Delhi continues to remain engulfed in a blanket of smog on Wednesday with the air quality index in the 'very poor category'.
The minister said the issue of pollution is related to people's health and all agencies are equally responsible for its prevention and control. .
The apex court had in January directed the Centre, Delhi government and Central Pollution Control Board to immediately start constructing a tower in Anand Vihar and make it operational within three months.
The average PM2.5 concentration in the city fell by around 31% and NO2 levels by 33% in the month-long full lockdown period between March 24 and April 25, data analysed by System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) shows.
After recording three straight days of ‘satisfactory’ air quality — Delhi’s cleanest air spell since September — the overall Air Quality Index (AQI) fell to the ‘moderate’ range on Sunday with a reading of 164 on CPCB’s daily bulletin. In comparison, the AQI was below 80 on Thursday, Friday and Saturday — falling to as low as 64 on Friday.
With the air quality hovering close to the 'severe plus' category in Delhi, several flights from the national capital to Goa were delayed due to low visibility in Delhi.
New Delhi, Nov 15 () Delhi remained blanketed by a thick smog for the fourth consecutive day on Friday as unfavourable weather hampered dispersion of pollutants, with improvement in air quality expected only by Sunday.
Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) – airport operator of Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International (IGI) on Tuesday announced a host of measures in preparation of foggy season ahead, stating a 24x7 social media command centre had been created to inform passengers in real-time about any information required around flight delays and the impact of fog on their flights.
The national capital's air quality was recorded in the poor category for the second consecutive day on Monday morning, while the minimum temperature settled at eight degrees Celsius, a notch below the season's average.
Naresh Kumar had never smoked tobacco. He didn’t have a heart condition either. But for the last few days, he has found it difficult to breathe. When his condition didn’t improve, the 58-year-old Delhiite went to see a pulmonologist.