Aarti Pahwa, New Delhi
The air quality of Agra over the past few days has worsened due to dust, smoke and suspended particles reaching alarming levels. High level of pollutants coupled with dense fog, is causing nightmares for people in Agra, as Agra, the home to one of the seven wonders of the world continues to register increased number of respiratory illness/lung disease cases.
With the aim to help commuters tackle poor air quality and allow them breathe in fresh air, telecom service provider Vodafone India in association with its agency Platinum Outdoor came up with a unique out-of-home (OOH) initiative - 'Air Purifying Vans' in Agra. The mobile vans are stationed at highly polluted and prominent locations in the city, including Taj Mahal, which is frequented by tourists from India and across the world, but will also move across the city.
The on-going campaign has 2 vans, each equipped with two 16x5 ft. cutting-edge technology air filters which will reduce the amount of pollutants in the air by absorbing and removing harmful particles. The Vodafone Internet of Things (IoT) SIM, will collate the pollution data on a real-time basis and send real-time data to the air purifying van through a cloud platform and share inputs about the pollution to air filter fitted mobile vans. The pollution monitoring, air purifying vans will move around Agra city based on real-time pollution level feed to ensure the van reaches out to the most polluted locations in the city.
The vans will help fight against the domestic and atmospheric pollution caused by cars, heating systems and industrial emissions. This technology-based initiative aims to provide a solution for the growing level of air pollution, which is usually at its peak during Diwali season.
This one-of-its-kind campaign was flagged off by Ashish Chandra, Business Head-UP West, Vodafone Idea Limited in presence of Senior Government officials and the Commissioner of Agra. The campaign has been conducted in collaboration with Agra Smart City and UPPCB (UP Pollution Control Board)
Speaking on the occasion, Ashish Chandra, Business Head, UP West, Vodafone Idea Limited said, "Agra is home to one of the seven wonders of the world and the severe levels of pollution not only causes depletion of the heritage site, but also affects the health of citizens. With this initiative, Vodafone Idea aims to reduce air pollution by using latest technology and drive people towards a healthier atmosphere. 'Vodafone Air Purifier Van' is first-of-its-kind in the country and we are proud to launch this with the support of Agra Nagar Nigam and Platinum Outdoor to help residents of the city breathe fresh air."
Highlighting the innovation and efforts made by Platinum Outdoor, CEO, Dipankar Sanyal, says, "We at Platinum Outdoor followed through multiple challenges to help the transition to a pollution free India which is by far the best insurance for survival and well-being of current and future generations. It has been a proud moment to be part of this media first, innovative campaign for Vodafone Idea in collaboration with Agra Smart City which is one step in the direction of creating a pollution free world and sustainable living."