BJP MP Gautam Gambhir said that fighting Delhi's pollution is my topmost priority. (Photo Credit: ANI)
With air pollution at alarmingly high levels in Delhi, cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir on Friday inaugurated a giant air purifier at Lajpat Nagar’s Central Market in the national capital. The tower, a prototype, has been installed by Traders’ Association Lajpat Nagar (TALN) and Gautam Gambhir Foundation. Gautam Gambhir Foundation is a non-profit organization founded by BJP MP Gautam Gambhir. The giant air purifier will be a test case on how the air quality woes can be fixed.
The purifier tower is capable of treating 6,00,000 cubic metres of air per day and collecting more than 75 percent of particulate matters (PM) 2.5 and 10. After cleaning polluted air, it releases clean air.
"Fighting Delhi's pollution is my topmost priority and we are working on several such initiatives. A few months ago also, EDMC bought machines and sprinklers worth Rs 70 crore when pollution was at its peak. This air purifier is a prototype,” the East Delhi MP said while speaking to media at the launch event.
"We will analyze its performance and then install several purifiers across the constituency. Every step in the direction of making Delhi pollution-free saves lives," he added.
Gambhir had come under severe attack from political parties, including the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Delhi, over his absence in a parliamentary standing committee meeting on pollution in November.
Gambhir said the East Delhi Municipal Corporation ruled by the BJP bought machines and sprinklers worth Rs 70 crore when air pollution in the city was at its peak. He said several air purifiers will be installed in his constituency after monitoring the performance of the prototype.