There have been enough controversies on the elevated corridor project. In its resettlement and rehabilitation (R&R) policy, the Karnataka Road Development Corporation Ltd (KRDCL) has stated that the proposed elevated corridor will be installed with open air purifiers and carbon absorbent machines. This will help curb pollution in the city.
The department plans to install purifiers in 30 locations on the North-South corridor. According to a KRDCL official, a few months ago a pilot project was taken up where they installed an air purifier at Hudson Circle which yielded good results.
For this, the State Level Environmental Impact Assessment Authority (SEIAA) has already given a no objection certificate (NOC) for the project in March 2019. At such a height, the purifiers and absorption machines can play an important role in reducing pollution.
“These are not regular air purifiers or carbon-absorbing machines. They are advanced machines with high capacity that can absorb suspended particulate matter and other major pollutants in the air. These machines will far more advanced than what has already been installed in the city as part of a pilot project,” said secretary of PWD K S Krishna Reddy. He added, “Air cleaners and carbon-absorbing machines will be placed in the most polluted junctions of the proposed 102km long elevated corridor.”