(ANSA) – New Delhi, July 22 – Forty giant fans will be installed in the center of Delhi as another effort to improve air quality in the Indian capital. At a cost of two million dollars, the project includes a 25-meter-high tower that will allow air to filter through a one-square-kilometer radius: the tower will be installed in the Connaught Place area, which is a very busy business with regular colonial buildings, packed with shops and intersections for its cafes and restaurants. However, the initiative is at the crossroads of environmentalists, who argue that the tower consumes too much electricity.
Every year, at the end of autumn, Delhi pollution causes suffocation, which makes the air breathless. “Smoke is linked to recurring causes every year: at least we will try to control it,” said project manager Anwar Alikhan.
“The goal is to reduce the BM 2.5 particle size by 50%. If the tower is successful, we will build more across the capital.” Many experts say the plan will not change anything and will give officials the “look” that they will take action. “Smoke towers are not the solution,” says Sunil Tahiya of the Energy and Air Research Center. “It is necessary to intervene in energy sources based on 75 per cent of coal plants,” he told AFP. “The goal of this tower is not to attack the problem, but to create free zones where people can breathe.”
In 2018, China, the world’s first polluting country, built 60-meter-high towers in Xi’an to purify the air. But the test was not repeated in any other city. (On the handle).
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