Anti-smog towers don’t work. Why is India spending crores on them?

This is the seventh edition of Thirty-six, The Morning Context’s weekly newsletter on countless ecosystems in flux across India.

The Delhi government inaugurated “India’s first” anti-smog tower on Monday. It claims the tower is the first such structure in the country but it really isn’t. But that’s the least of its problems.

The tower, built at Connaught Place in the heart of Delhi, costs around Rs 20 crore. It supposedly cleans air within a radius of 1 sq. km. It works on a simple principle: a giant chimney-like structure sucks air from the top, passes it through the 5,000 …


Omkar Khandekar

Omkar specializes in long-form narrative features and has reported from India, the UK, Germany and the Maldives. He writes across beats, from politics and crime to cinema and sports. His works have been published in Indian and international outlets including The Caravan, Mint Lounge, the BBC, Al Jazeera and The Huffington Post.

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