PCMC to install 200 air purifiers

ST CORRESPONDENT
Thursday, 8 June 2017

As pollution levels in the city touched alarming levels, the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) on Monday, on the occasion of World Environment Day came up with the technological solution.

PIMPRI: As pollution levels in the city touched alarming levels, the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) on Monday, on the occasion of World Environment Day came up with the technological solution.

The civic body is all set to install 200 outdoor air purifiers. One of these was installed at Dr Ambedkar Chowk in Pimpri.

Executive Engineer of the Environment Engineering Cell of PCMC, Sanjay Kulkarni said, “These air purifying units will be installed at busy traffic intersections in the city where the pollution level is very high. All these outdoor air purifying units will be installed in different areas of the city in one month.”

The PCMC officials said the air purifying units have the potential to reduce carbon monoxide and particulate emission by 40 per cent to 60 per cent in a 20-30 m radius during peak traffic hours. A thermal oxidizer has been installed in the unit that sucks the pollutant from the air and passes pure air into the atmosphere.”

The company has installed 1,000 similar Purifiers in Thane city.  A pilot study executed in IIT Bombay on Jogeshwari Vikhroli Link road  shows a significant reduction in pollution level. Air quality sensors, anemometers, cameras and counters will be mounted on these units for better mapping.  Timers were installed in the units so that the unit will be functioning between 8 am and 11 pm.

The first outdoor air purifier was installed in Pimpri-Chinchwad on the occasion of World Environment Day. MLA Laxman Jagtap inaugurated the project, Standing Committee chairman Seema Savale, Leader of House Eknath Pawar, Commissioner Shravan Hardikar, Madhuri Kulkarni, Dhanashri Chapekar and Amol Chapekar were also present.

According to officials, these air purifying units have the capacity to purify 2,000 cubic feet of air in one minute. The filters of the air purifier should be cleaned every 20 years.

Pune-based Product Design and Automation Centre has funded all these air purifier units under Corporate Social Responsibility initiative. The cost of each air purifier is Rs 90 lakh and total cost of the project is Rs 1.8 crore. PCMC doesn’t have to invest in this project. PCMC has to provide space for installation of units and has to undertake maintenance work for the same.

A GREAT CAUSE
- 200 Outdoor air purifier are to be installed in the city in the next one month.
- PCMC claims this will reduce air pollution 40 to 60 percent during peak hours. Cost of the entire project is Rs. 1.80 crore.
- According to officials, these air purifying units have the capacity to purify 2,000 cubic feet of air in one minute.

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