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Anti-smog guns mandatory for construction sites with area over 5000sqm

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Gopal Rai, the environment minister for Delhi, announced on Tuesday that anti-smog guns are now required for all construction sites in Delhi that are larger than 5,000 square metres, with one of these devices being put for every 5,000 square metres added.

A cannon-shaped device known as a “anti-smog gun” is used to control localised air pollution by dispersing a fine mist-like spray into the air, which can settle dust and other pollutants.

“In Delhi, installing anti-smog guns was formerly required on sites larger than 20,000 square metres. However, this requirement has been changed, and now building sites larger than 5,000 square metres must also install anti-smog guns. “An additional smog cannon will be needed for every 5,000 square metres of increased territory,” Rai stated.

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The chief minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal, will announce a 15-point action plan on air pollution on September 30 — the day before the Graded Response Action Plan (Grap) revision takes effect, according to the minister.

“On September 5, we conducted a high-level conference with 30 government ministries to tighten the noose around pollution. Each department received a distinct target to be incorporated into the winter action plan during that joint meeting. We attended a second joint meeting of these departments on September 15 during which they all submitted their action plans to the environment department, which is now prepared to carry them out. This 15-point winter action plan will be presented to Delhi residents by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, and all government agencies will work together to put it into effect, according to Rai.

Grap has been tied to the air quality index (AQI) this year rather than PM 2.5 and PM 10 levels, as it was in prior years, and will be administered based on projections. The four categories of pollution levels will be Poor (AQI 201-300), Very Poor (AQI 301-400), Severe (AQI 401-450), and Severe Plus (AQI 450+), according to which actions will be conducted. The Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM) must take action for categories Very Poor through Severe Plus at least three days in advance based on projections from the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM) and India Meteorological Department (IMD).

The Delhi government has begun utilising anti-smog guns at busy traffic crossings throughout the winter months in addition to using them at construction sites. At congested traffic crossings, the public works department will deploy 23 anti-smog guns in 2020; 20 of these tools were in operation during the previous winter.

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