In an effort to minimise dust pollution in New Town, the New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) has given a list of dust-absorbing plants and trees to the forest department to plant before the coming monsoon.
The authorities are also in touch with a German company to install a ‘Fine Dust Eater’ machine, which is an eight-feet stationary tower that absorbs fine dust from air.
Officials said the authorities have been trying to eradicate dust and air pollution by sowing special plants.
The NKDA has already submitted a list of 21 different trees and saplings, over 3,000 in number, that can considered good for pollution absorption.
The list include trees, like shirish, bel, jhau, bakul, kadam, palas and neem. While some of them are suitable to be planted by the roads, others will be planted in parks and gardens. Officials said the trees should be planted with a mix of two or three varieties on different avenues.
Sources said the soil mix for planting such trees should have coco peat, paddy husk and sand.
The ‘Fine Dust Eater’ machine, assisted with German technology, will be installed in New Town Action Area 1 on an experimental basis after the elections.
Part of a pilot project, the machine is an eight-foot, three-cube stationary tower that will take away the fine dust from air with the help of the cubes. The machine consists of special filters, IoT devices and rain sensors.
The NKDA have also been planning to install sensor-based air quality monitoring units in different points of New Town for some time.
NKDA authorities have been working on a number of initiatives to minimise dust and air pollution in New Town. Open green areas are being developed and dust-proof pavements are being set up by the authorities.
Smoke belching hot-mix plants are being removed and awareness programmes on clean and green city are being held with a target of zero solid waste, starting with segregation of solid wastes at source.
Source: Times of India