New Delhi Municipal Cooperation has taken a new initiative to replace normal street lights with smart poles with smart LEDs, communication infrastructure, WIFI access points pollution monitors and CCTV cameras. As many as 55 of these smart poles will be into running operation in central Delhi. NDMC has taken the new initiative in order to transmute electric poles into a smart pole. Important centers of government and business in the national capital including Connaught Place, Baba Kharak Singh Marg, Sansad Marg, Janpath, Kasturba Gandhi Marg and Barakhamba Road among other areas, will be included in the first phase of the project. The process is under supervision which will take approximately 15-30 days for a pole to have all the facilities after it is erected.

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These smart poles are made of stainless steel and will also have the facility to host microcells for telecommunication for providing 2G/3G/4G services. As the national capital has witnessed utmost air pollution in the past months due to stubble burning and firecrackers, the air quality monitoring will also be done through these poles and environmental sensors in these poles will send a live feed to the NDMC 311 application. The monitoring will include PM10, PM2.5, NO2, SO2, CO, temperature and humidity. Last week, the Delhi government installed an anti-pollution tower near ITO in order to combat with air pollution and flagged off an anti-smog gun campaign. The anti-pollution tower is fitted with exhaust fans that suck in polluted air. (Also read: Woman Kills 25-day-old Daughter as She Was Tired of Her Crying, Arrested)

Delhi environment minister Imran Hussain said that the effectiveness of the towers would be monitored and results would be evaluated. The Chinese smog-free tower, which is designed by Dutch inventor Daan Roosegaarde, has stated it is too capable of purifying 30,000 cubic meters of air per hour.