Noida: A new smog gun has been installed at Sector 116, 117, 74 & 77 crossing in Noida. The residents and authorities of Noida who have been grappling with poor air quality for months are hopeful that this will reduce the pollution.
The CEO of Noida Authority, Ritu Maheshwari, on November 26, tweeted a video saying ‘A new smog gun has been installed at sector 116, 117, 74 & 77 crossing in Noida. This will further reduce pollution in the city and ensure better health for the residents.
According to the CPCB, AQI on 26th November 2021 on Sector 116, Noida was under the severe category (408). Further, it was very poor in sectors 1 and 125 Noida. The pollution level is still not under control in Noida. Residents want to see how effective this smog tower will be in the future.'
A new smog gun has been installed at Sector 116, 117, 74 & 77 crossing in Noida by @noida_authority.— CEO, NOIDA Authority #IndiaFightsCorona (@CeoNoida) November 26, 2021
This will further reduce pollution in the city and ensure better health for the residents.@myogiadityanath @CMOfficeUP @UPGovt@Satishmahanaup @InfoDeptUP @PibLucknow pic.twitter.com/LdJdkqif6q
What is a Smog gun?
An anti-smog gun is a device that sprays atomized water into the atmosphere to reduce air pollution. Connected to a water tank and mounted on a vehicle, the device could be taken across the city to spray water to settle the dust and other suspended particles. Small droplets of water are expected to stick to air-borne pollutants and bring them down to the ground. Anti smog gun sprays the nebulized water into the polluted atmosphere and creates an ultra-fine fog consisting of very fine water droplets. These tiny water droplets spread in a larger corresponding area with the help of a high-speed fan and absorb the suspended dust particles in the air and bring them down.
According to officials, the cannon-like dust suppression machine can help reduce pollution by spraying atomized water into the atmosphere. However, the machine was less effective in containing the levels of particulates.
Rakhi Sinha, 45, a resident of Noida, says, “This is a positive development and we hope it works. If these smog guns work out fine, then several locations with high AQI will need these. Noida Authority must install them. One such high priority area is Maharaja Agrasen Marg outside Ward-2A Arun Vihar, Sector-28, Noida. Ours is the only ward in Arun Vihar with flats directly exposed to this road. The traffic needs to be reduced by distributing traffic on various roads and enabling good quality public transport so that people use them.
While some residents of 7x are also of the view there is a greater need for the smog gun in other sectors.
Sanwarjeet Singh, 38, a resident of Gaur Sportswood, says, “It’s a good thing that these smog guns are getting installed. However, it would be better if it is shifted to Sector 116 of Noida, where most of the construction work is going on 70% of its plot. It is better to place smog guns at Sector 79 and sector 116 circle”.
A resident of 7x, Brajesh Sharma, 39, says, “The location of the smog gun is perfect for the start. For construction sites, the Noida Authority has already instructed to have such guns.”