“It is the country’s tallest air purifier tower. It is fitted with a system to suck polluted air. The air will be pulled in through an inlet. Particulate matter (PM) 2.5 and PM 10 along with various oxides of sulphur and nitrogen will be filtered, and clean air released,” said Debendra Dalai, UT director environment cum-member secretary, Chandigarh Pollution Control Committee (CPCC). “Pious Air Private Limited has installed the tower free on a pilot basis. The total cost of the project of Rs 1.5 crore was borne by the company,” he added.
The Central Pollution Control Board had notified Chandigarh as one of the nonattainment cities where the air quality was worse than the prescribed standards.
The administration would install more such towers but smaller in size, according to a plan of the central government. While finalising the location, officials would hold discussions with the city’s heritage conservation committee.
The Chandigarh Pollution Control Committee (CPCC) had recently inaugurated the second continuous ambient air quality monitoring station (CAAQMS) in Sector 22. The first one is in Sector 25. The CPCC would open a third CAAQMS in September in Sector 53 to check for emissions close to the Sector 43 bus stand. The Central Pollution Control Board plans to install five such monitoring stations in Chandigarh