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US News Delhi inaugurates its anti-pollution tower, a futile expense according to experts

16:56  23 august  2021
16:56  23 august  2021 Source:   lepoint.fr

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L in the Indian capital, New Delhi, whose polluted air kills thousands of people each year, has inaugurated its first "anti tower" -Smog ", intended to broadcast filtered air, leaving many septic experts as to its effectiveness.

The 25-meter tower with forty giant fans, according to engineers, can purify 1,000 cubic meters of air per second within a square kilometer radius.

"Today is a big day for Delhi in his struggle for pure air and against pollution," said Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal after the inauguration.

This is an infrastructure envisaged for "experimental," added the minister, "we will analyze the data and if it is effective, other turns will be built through Delhi".

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It aims to eliminate about 50% of the most harmful PM2.5 particles present in the air, as evidenced by the thick yellowish fog which, in winter, seizes the city of 20 million inhabitants.


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The tower that cost two million dollars is located near Connaught Place, the Crested shopping district of the Center- City, with its buildings of the British colonial era, its shops and luxury cafes.

"It is vain, absolute waste," said AFP Karthik Ganesan, Director of the Energy, Environment and Water Council, Independent Research Institute.

"Now that taxpayers' money has been spent, let Delhi serve as a test for all other Indian cities (...) to ensure that no other city invest in ideas of this kind that we do not have Do not have the means, "he added.

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Other experts have reproached Delhi his inability to tackle the causes of pollution such as the exhaust gas of obsolete vehicles, heavy and artisanal industry, construction activities, and stubble burning in winter in neighboring regions.

According to a study of the Scientific Journal launch, published in December 2020, the number of deaths awarded, in 2019, to air pollution amounted to 1.67 million in India, nearly 17,500 in Delhi.

Fourteen of the 15 most polluted cities in the world are located in India, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

China has built a 60 meter high turn in the very polluted city of Xian in 2018, but the experience has not been extended to other cities.

23/08/2021 12:48:02 - New Delhi (AFP) - © 2021 AFP

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