Delhi Pollution: What is anti-smog gun and how it works? Watch video, pictures

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Updated: December 20, 2017 2:02:08 PM

The smog gun was tested in National Capital's Anand Vihar area on Wednesday.

The trial of the machine was conducted at 10 am by Delhi’s Department of Environment and Delhi Pollution Control Committee. (Express Photo: Praveen Khanna)

Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi Government has come up with the idea of using anti-smog gun to fight Delhi’s pollution problem. The smog gun was tested in National Capital’s Anand Vihar area on Wednesday. The test was done after Delhi’s pollution level again went above the ‘severe level’ mark after showing moderate improvement. The trial of the machine was conducted at 10 am by Delhi’s Department of Environment and Delhi Pollution Control Committee. Delhi’s Environment Minister Imran Hussain was also present on the occasion. In Delhi, pollution levels usually remain poor during winters primarily due to stubble burning from adjoining state and rapid drop in temperature. The same gets coupled with high moisture content.

What is Anti-smog gun and how it works?

The gun is a unique device that sprays atomised water droplets in the air. The giant device is connected to a water tank built on a movable vehicle. The vehicle can be easily taken across the city wherever there is a need to spread the droplets. The Anti-Smog Gun has been manufactured by the Cloud Tech. Sushant Saini, Managing Director of Cloud Tech, has said that it can spray water up to a height of 50 metres and the results were positive as the spray acts like rain and settles dust particles and also PM 2.5. The device is set to cost around Rs 20 lakh if it is launched in market. However, no decision has been taken on whether the company would sell the device or provide its services to the government.

Watch Pictures Here: Kejriwal government’s anti-smog gun to control air pollution in Delhi; see pics

The device was first tested near Delhi Secretariat on Monday evening and was reviewed by Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and Environment Minister Imran Hussain. Some sources have told The Indian Express that machine is inspired by the Chinese water cannons. The idea behind the machine is that it reduces air pollution by binding dust and other particulate matter, and bring them down to the ground level. The plan has been reportedly made keeping in mind three major sources of pollution–transport, industry, and road dust and fugitive emissions.

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Recently, the Health Ministry had also issued a pollution advisory, asking citizens to drink plenty of water and avoid areas with smoke or heavy dust. All schools in the national capital were also asked to declare a holiday.

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