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Indian government procures machines to reduce dust pollution in New Delhi
In a bid to tackle New Delhi's rising air pollution levels, the Public Works Department has announced that through a short term tender process, it is to immediately hire between 15 and 20 vacuum cleaning road machines, which it will require until March 2017.
It is also planning to hire vacuum cleaning machines through long-term tenders, so that there is a permanent solution for the dust pollution problem.
Last week, deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia, directed the PWD to reintroduce, within two weeks, vacuum cleaning on 1,250 km of roads - a process that had been halted during the monsoon but which was now urgently needed again.
A recent IIT-Kanpur study recently identified dust and trucks as the biggest culprits behind Delhi's polluted air.
A PWD spokesperson told News 18: "By procuring vacuum cleaning machines through short-term tenders, we can control dust particles immediately on roads.
"PWD doesn't have experience in vacuum cleaning machines, as such work is done by the municipal corporations.
"As the agency is floating short-term tenders to hire vacuum cleaning road machines, it will have experience and then long-term tenders will be called."
The Government also plans to install mist fountains at five important traffic intersections including Mukarba Chowk and Anand Vihar - the most polluted area of the city. These fountains employ a jet pressure pump technique to sprinkle water onto footpath edges, road bumps and central verges.
Image courtesy of PTI
10th November 2016