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KMC deploys sprinklers and mist cannons to combat air pollution in Kolkata


The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has

deployed sprinklers and mist cannons across this metropolis

in a bid to weed out the air pollution and smog, creating

breathing trouble to the netizens, especially the elderly people

and morning strollers, sources said on Friday.

State urban development minister Firhad Hakim, also the Mayor

of the KMC directed the cosevancy officials to deploy

the mist cannons and sprinklers on the roads, where the air quality

was poor across this metropolis.

Sources said two such machines are in operation for now and more could

be requisitioned if the situation needed, sources added.

The air quality has been affected due to festive seasons with millions

of people from the districts converging into the city to celebrate

Durga Puja, Kali Puja and Dewali.

Crackers were used during Puja and Dewali which had a bearing on

the existing air quality with explosives smoke caused the air


Besides these sudden rise of entry of vehicular traffic from the

outskirts of the city carrying people during festival and onset of

wintry dew thickened the

air diring the nights, sources added.

Even after nearly two weeks of festival of lights, the air quality

remained nearly suffocative causing health hazards to the netizens,

especially to the elderly people and children.

In highly populated Ballygunge area in the southern part of this

metropolis the air quality index (AQI) of 296 at 6 pm on Thursday,

Bidhannagar (284) in the east

and Jadavpur (252), also in south was not upto he mark, a media

report. quoting West Bengal Pollution Control Board (WBPCB) as saying.

Rabindra Sarobar, called the heart of south, registered 254 AQI at 6 pm.

These are treated as poor in the environmental terms, the report


KMC sources said the deployment of the machines drive away dust from

the air to the roads and water sprinklers machines would clean the roads

and restore the air quality at specific time.

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