he East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) on Wednesday introduced 40 water sprinklers and other machines worth Rs 70 crore to fight pollution in the national capital.
During an event organised at the EDMC headquarter in Patparganj on Wednesday, Delhi Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Manoj Tiwari and MP Gautam Gambhir flagged off 40 water sprinkling tankers, two super-sucker machines, six suction-cum-jetting machines and four auto-mounted-litter-picker machines.
Forty world-class machines have been purchased from funds allocated under Swachh Bharat Mission by Ministry of Urban Development.
Amid war on pollution, the EDMC has commissioned these machines to intensify its efforts to curb pollution.
“To lower dust pollution, water sprinklers will be helpful. Suction-cum-jetting machines have been deployed to clean the drainages that often get choked with household waste, garbage and construction materials. Super-sucker machines, inducted by the EDMC, are used for de-silting the drains and are very useful during the monsoon season,” said, EDMC, Standing Committee Chairman, Sandeep Kapoor.
The cost of one water sprinkling system with the capacity of 9,000 litre is Rs 24.40 lakh.
More than 50 different machines have been declared operational.
On Wednesday, the air quality in the national capital crossed the 300 mark, slipping into the ‘very poor category’.
The air quality remained poor throughout the day with a layer of dust and smoke engulfing the national capital. Monuments like India Gate, Akshardham temple and Parliament were covered in haze.
AQI (Air Quality Index) overall stood at 312 mark which falls into the “very poor category”.
This was noted a day after the Delhi government launched GRAP (Graded Response Action Plan) keeping in view the sudden spike in pollution level across the Delhi- NCR region.
To curb pollution, the Delhi government will enforce the odd-even scheme from November 4 to November 15.