Two air purifiers will be installed at Cubbon Park on Thursday and will have the capacity to clean the air in a 200-300 metre radius.

Bengalurus Cubbon Park to get air purifiers to tackle rising pollution
news Environment Thursday, November 01, 2018 - 10:01

Air purifiers will be installed in Bengaluru’s Cubbon Park on Thursday near the statue of Chamarajendra Wadiyar, in an effort to tackle the large levels of pollution in the vicinity. The air purifiers will be set up on the park premises near the Karnataka Lawn Tennis Complex.

The Department of Horticulture will install two ‘fine dust eaters’ which will absorb floating waste particles and purify the air. Pulmonologists will be present at the event, to speak about the harms of air pollution on health and the problems which are faced by people due to the increase in toxic particles found in air.

Deputy Director of Horticulture, Mahesh Murgod, who is in charge of Cubbon Park, told the Deccan Herald, that one machine was to be installed in a corner of the park noted to have high air pollution, while another machine would be set up atop a vehicle which would move around the park and absorb the toxic particulate matter in the air. The air purifiers have the capacity to clean the air in a 200 to 300 metre radius.

It was further noted by officials that the excess levels of dust and other particles in the air was hindering the photosynthesis process in plants across the park, impacting their growth.

In an effort to battle the poor air quality, the Horticulture Department had earlier taken several steps, including banning vehicles during weekends and at night, but to no avail.

Purifiers are being provided by the German company Man Hummel, with each weighing about 1.5 tonnes. The company reportedly will be providing a vehicle with an inbuilt air purifier which will be moving around Vidhana Soudha and the Karnataka High Court.  

Officials are planning to monitor the purifiers for 6 months to see whether there will be significant changes in air quality, before determining whether or not to continue utilising the same.


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