Who would have thought that the ghazal ‘Aankhon Mein Jal Raha Hai Joh Bujhta Nahin Dhuan’ will have such a literal meaning for Gurgaonwallahs? The smog that has enveloped all of NCR throughout winter, has the Haryana environment ministry worried about the well-being of its residents. According to reports, the Haryana government has decided to follow the Beijing model and will set up two giant air purifiers, in Gurgaon and Faridabad, respectively, to curb pollution. These ‘smog free towers’ will be designed by Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde, who has also designed the Beijing air purifier.
Reports say that Vipul Goel, Haryana’s industry and environment minister, will be soon visiting Beijing for the same purpose. “Haryana surrounds the NCR from the south, west and north side, and it becomes our responsibility to share the burden of NCR’s fight against deadly air pollution,” he has been quoted as saying.
These smog free towers are movable and each will cost about Rs 1.5-2 crore. The Chinese media has reported that the purifiers have a made a difference to Beijing’s air, will they be able to improve Gurgaon’s air quality? While the government officials don’t have a concrete answer yet, Gurgaonwallahs say that though it is a positive first step, it is not enough to curb the dangerous pollution levels in NCR.