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No, AAP govt is not the first one to install a smog tower in India

A smog tower installed near the Shivaji Stadium Metro station by the Delhi govt has been touted by it as the first in India. But there are already such towers in India.

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New Delhi: In an attempt to tackle the problem of air pollution, especially ahead of the winter months that have been characterised by heavy smog in the national capital over the past few years, the Arvind Kejriwal-led government in Delhi installed a smog tower in the city Monday, which it claims is the first such in India.

According to the Delhi CM, the tower has been built using American technology and with the help of experts and scientists from the Indian Institutes of Technology.

The Delhi government has also put up hoardings in the city claiming it to be ‘India’s first smog tower’, and vowed to build more such towers across Delhi if the pilot project shows promising results.

The tower, which is 24 metres in height, has been installed behind the Shivaji Stadium Metro station, near Connaught Place, and has the capacity to absorb polluted air from a distance of 1 km and can clean and release fresh air via 40 fans attached to the lower structure of the tower. It can release 1,000 cubic meters of clean air per second.

During the opening ceremony of the smog tower, Kejriwal said, “This is the first time such towers are being set up in India”.

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Fact Check

Several new reports in the past few days have, however, called out the Delhi CM for his false claims, and pointed out that the Kejriwal government is not the first to set up a smog tower in Delhi, let alone in India.

According to a report in Hindustan Times, a 20-ft tall smog tower was installed in Lajpat Nagar’s Central market by the Traders Association Lajpat Nagar, “with the help of” east Delhi MP Gautam Gambhir, in January last year. This smog tower has the capacity to clean 2,50,000 to 6,00000 cubic meters of polluted air per day.

A similar smog tower was also set up by Nutan Labs, a nanotechnology-based startup, in Hudson Circle in Bengaluru in March this year. More such towers are expected to be installed in other areas in the city that experience heavy traffic flow.

In collaboration with SM Hoaxslayer

(Edited by Poulomi Banerjee)

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