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Delhi Government Again Resorts To Anti-Smog Gun To Settle Dust On PWD’s Roads

The anti-smog gun was earlier used in December 2017 for trial purposes but failed to provide any significant result

Anti-smog gun
Highlights
  • Anti-smog gun will be used for next few days on PWD roads
  • Anti-smog gun sprays water to create artificial mist
  • Delhi government has been exploring various ways to reduce air pollution

New Delhi: The Delhi government launched an ‘anti-smog gun campaign’ to settle the dust on PWD’s roads, despite the device having little effect in containing the particulates’ level the first time it was used. The ‘anti-smog gun’ sprays atomised water (tiny droplets of water) up to a height of 50 metres, creating artificial mist, which is in turn expected to stick to air-borne pollutants and bring them to the ground.

The campaign has been launched as part of the ongoing 15-day ‘Clean Air for Delhi campaign’ organised by the Delhi government and Union Environment Ministry to create awareness about the activities which lead to air pollution in city.

This is the second time the AAP government has sprayed water from the anti-smog gun, which, when used in December last year, had very little effect in containing the level of particulates which kept rising by the hour.

Environment Minister Imran Hussain, who flagged off the campaign at the Delhi Secretariat, said the anti-smog gun would be used for the next few days on different roads of the Public Works Department (PWD) in consultation with traffic police.

“The anti-smog gun will be used for spraying on road- side vegetation also. This process is likely to reduce the contribution of particulate matter which settles on the vegetation due to road re-suspension and windblown dust,” the minister said.

He said the Delhi government was exploring various ways and means to reduce air pollution in the national capital, adding that the use of anti-smog gun was one of such steps.

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