Delhi government mulls use of anti-smog guns to fight pollution

A trial was conducted Monday at the Delhi Secretariat. Another will be conducted Wednesday at Anand Vihar ISBT. Photograph:( Twitter )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Dec 18, 2017, 04.55 PM (IST)

The Delhi government may use anti-smog guns to try and bring down pollution levels.

To test the efficacy of the move, a trial was conducted Monday. 

The gun sprays atomised water into the air, which then helps bring down pollution. 

The gun is connected to a water tanker and can be transported around the city.

The trial on Monday evening was conducted at the Delhi Secretariat.

Officials said the gun can spray water up to a height of 50 metres. 

Environment Secretary Anil Kumar Singh apprised Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal of the trial run during a meeting to review the detailed action plans of agencies and stakeholders to combat air pollution.

"The plan should cover a time-frame not exceeding 16 months and also indicate the exact requirement of funds. The chief secretary has been asked to coordinate and finalise it," the LG's office said in a statement.

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and Environment Minister Imran Hussain also attended the trial run. 

Another trial will be conducted Wednesday at Anand Vihar ISBT. 

The gun, if the authorities decided to buy it, will cost around Rs 20 lakh a piece.