Skyward water jets is AAP govt's new panacea for Delhi smog

Skyward water jets is AAP govt's new panacea for Delhi smog

Air pollution stricken Delhi on Wednesday experimented with an anti-smog cannon, which bursts out a huge water jet high up in the sky to help precipitate the dust particles choking the metropolis.

The anti-smog gun experiment was tried near Anand Vihar in east Delhi – one of the most polluted spots in the national capital region. An analysis of the pollutant level before and after its firing would establish the efficacy of the system.

Cloud Tech, the company which brought this technology to Delhi, claims it can clear 95% of airborne pollutants.

"If it proves to be successful, then we will roll them out on Delhi's streets as soon as possible," Imran Hussain, Delhi's environment minister said.

The first trial of the cannon was conducted at the Delhi Secretariat on Monday evening, which was reviewed by deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia and Hussain.

Rolling out of these giant hair-dryer shaped machines was also discussed by officials with Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, who gave his nod for a wider trial.

According to Cloud Tech managing director Sushant Saini, the cannon can spray water up to a height of 50 metres.

It uses nearly 100 litres of water at one go and threw out the water as atomised jet. Since it is mounted on a flat truck, it can be taken anywhere in the city. The spray acts like rain and helps settle the dust particles like PM 2.5 and PM10.

Environmentalists, however, are not impressed.

No solution

"This is definitely not the solution. You can use it occasionally at sensitive locations but the solution to pollution lies in controlling it at the source rather than spraying water on it. The Delhi government should look at more sustainable solutions rather than creating business for a few companies," Greenpeace's Sunil Dahiya said in an interview.

One of the most polluted cities of the world, Delhi turned into a gas chamber from mid-October to mid-November almost every year as the pollution load increases manifold due to crop burning in the neighbouring states and unfavourable weather conditions.

Delhi's air quality index stood at 359 (on a scale of 500) on Wednesday, which means the air quality is "very poor."

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