The New Delhi Municipal Corporation on Monday installed an ‘Anti-Smog Gun’ in Central Park, Connaught Place. The machine will spray atomized water which can settle down dust particles. This is expected to lower the levels of PM 10 and PM 2.5 in the air.
Air pollution has always been a problem for the capital. After lockdown imposed due to Corona, the pollution had decreased. But now as Delhi is in its unlocked phase, there is a resurgence in the pollution levels.
Working of the Anti-Smog Gun
“We will examine the performance of the anti-smog gun and may employ more machines accordingly at India Gate, Rajpath and Metro or other construction sites”, NDMC officials said.
Previous Steps To Tackle Pollution
Besides increasing tree plantation and rules like ‘Odd-Even’, various other devices have been deployed earlier in the capital to tackle pollution.
Shambhavi Shukla, program officer, air pollution, CSE, expressed concerns on the use of such machines. “They are not long term solution”, Shukla told HT. According to her, machines like Anti-Smog gun could suppress the particles only for a certain time. Therefore, there is a need to look into the sources of pollution if actual levels have to be brought down.
Written By Shiwangi, She is doing her Masters in Mass Communication from GGS IP University, New Delhi.