On November 11, 2020, Haryana Chief Minister (CM), Manohar Lal Khattar virtually unveiled ‘Project Air Care’ to combat rising Air Pollution in Gurugram, Haryana.
65 Wind Augmentation Purifying Units (WAYU) would be set up at areas with high Air Quality Indices (AQI) in Gurugram to improve the air quality.
The project is a result of public-private partnership between Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) and GSK (GlaxoSmithKline) Consumer Healthcare.
The Air Purifiers have been developed by CSIR-NEERI (Council of Scientific & Industrial Research-National Environmental Engineering Research Institute), IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) Bombay.
They will be installed and maintained by Indian Pollution Control Association (IPCA).
i.The Air Purifiers will be installed at various locations under the GSK’s CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) Project ‘Mission Health’.
ii.After conducting surveys and feasibility studies over three months’ officials have identified 8-10 places for the installation of Air Purifying Units which have highest AQI levels in the district.
WAYU Air Purifying Units:
i.The Air Purification units convert pollutants like PM (Particulate Matter)2.5 and PM 2.10 Particles, volatile organic compounds, carbon monoxide, into carbon dioxide using a filter.
ii.WAYU is capable of providing purified air in the area of 500 Square metres and it can reduce PM 10 by 60-70% and PM 2.5 by 30-40% at traffic junctions.
i.The CM also proposed to set up a new Municipal Corporation in Manesar and develop a new Gurugram city in the area.
ii.He also inaugurated two other projects for beautification of Gateway of Gurugram on Gurugram-Mehrauli (Delhi) Road.
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