The Connaught Place smog tower is “non-operational” as Delhi struggles with poisonous air.

The ₹23 crore smog tower in Delhi’s Connaught Place, which was ceremoniously opened by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in August 2021 with great fanfare, has vanished under the “severe” air pollution that the capital and its surrounding areas are experiencing.

Smog Tower In Delhi's Connaught Place Lies 'Non-Functional' Amid Heightened  Air Pollution Levels

The Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) may have recommended the smog tower’s closure in a letter to the environment ministry of the Delhi government in October. The letter noted that the DPCC’s two-year evaluation of the facility had shown that the reduction in particulate matter was only approximately 12–13% at a distance of 100 meters from the tower.

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The DPCC went on to say that the location should be improved so that it can serve as an innovation hub for climate change and the environment.

Furthermore, the facility has been vacant for the last seven months.

On Friday, citizens of the nation’s capital awoke to a dense blanket of haze once more; the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) reports that the city’s air quality index (AQI) has declined to “severe.” The National Capital Region (NCR), which includes Delhi, has already implemented limits. The Delhi government announced on Thursday the closure of all elementary schools for Friday and Saturday.

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