Union Minister inaugurates BHEL air pollution control tower in Noida

Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) said that a prototype air pollution control tower (APCT) designed and developed by the company and installed in Noida has been inaugurated by the Indian Union Minister of Heavy Industries Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey.

The BHEL air pollution control tower has been installed on the traffic island located between the DND Flyway and the slip road to Noida Expressway where the pollution level is high because of the high volume of traffic.

It was designed and developed by the company’s corporate R&D division and was manufactured at its HEEP Haridwar plant. The installation part was handled by BHEL’s power sector [NR] Noida.

According to BHEL, the air pollution control tower pulls polluted air through its base and captures the particulate matter in filters installed in it. After this, clean air is released from its top.

Union Minister Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey inaugurates BHEL air pollution control tower in Noida

Union Minister Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey inaugurates BHEL air pollution control tower in Noida. Photo courtesy of alvpics from Pixabay.

The particulate matter that is captured is collected in the hopper at the bottom of the tower where it is removed periodically for disposal.

BHEL said that its Pollution Control Research Institute, Haridwar will undertake the performance study of the air pollution control tower for a year.

The company was offered the land for the tower by NOIDA Authority, which will also bear half of the operating expenses. The Indian government-owned engineering company will handle all other developmental and capital costs related to design, manufacturing, installation and commissioning as well as balance running expenses of the air pollution control tower.

A grid of such APCTs, depending on the success of the project, can be erected in Delhi National Capital Region (NCR) to enhance the ambient air quality of the city.

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