West Bengal: A creative initiative has been taken from the West Bengal Pollution Control Board over increased pollution. To tackle the problem, the board has installed the Bus Roof Mounted Air Purification System BRMAPS called as ‘Suddha Vayu’. This system is one of its kind in India. The west bengal government came up with this solution to bring down pollution level in the Capital said the state’s pollution control board. Hence, the government has now launched buses with air purifiers in city Kolkata.
Collaboration with scientists from IIT Delhi
Along with introduction of buses with air purifiers, the government has installed the Bus Roof Mounted Air Purification System BRMAPS in air-conditioned buses as well. As per report, 20 new buses with this arrangement have been launched in the City. This project is a part of a pilot project which is in collaboration with scientists from IIT Delhi. It is still being monitored how the system will work according to seasonal variations. The BRMAPS consists of sensors which will measure the air quality of the air inside the bus. It will check levels of particulate matter, which means fine particles which are inhalable. These particles are so small that they are 30 times finer than the thickness of a human hair.
High efficiency particulate absorbing filters
The WBPCB has stated that the filter that has been installed will absorb the pollutants from the air inside the bus while the bus is mobile. It will inhale the pollution and exhale pure air into the surrounding. It is capable of suspending around 90% of the particles as it has been fitted with high efficiency particulate absorbing filters. Moreover, it has activate carbon filters which will significantly lower the levels of polluting gases. While the performance is being observed, the real time data will be send to Integrated Command and Control Centre of the WBPCB for further study.
Officials have claimed that the passengers will be able to inhale at least 50% cleaner air with the help of this system. Other than this, drones will be used to combat with the industrial pollution. The drones will have sensors fitted, which will measure the real time air quality in the area. Sometimes, it is difficult for officials to enter industrial units at particular times to check pollution. Hence, the drones will take the charge.