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IIT-Kanpur scientists develop low-cost air pollution sensor

Press Trust of India  |  Kanpur (UP) 

Scientists at the Indian Institute of here said they have developed an sensor which they claim costs much less than similar instruments worldwide.

The sensor will measure the level of harmful gases, including ozone and nitrogen oxides, said S N Tirpathi.

The said usually a sensor of this calibre costs around Rs 1-2 crore in the international market, but the scientists at IIT-have made it in just Rs 50,000.

Testing of the sensor will be done in June and if it passes the test, then the sensors will be installed in 150 cities of the country, he told reporters during a press conference on Wednesday.

The first 25 sensors will be installed at IIT-campus, while 15 sensors will be installed at IIT-Bombay, the said.

After the testing of data, 50-60 sensors will be installed in Varanasi, Tripathi said.

He said the success was gained in developing a reliable and cheaper monitoring sensor under a India-US project.

The Union government's Department of Science and has contributed Rs 6 crore for the project, Tripathi said.

During a press conference, the institute's research and alumni professor, B V Fadi, said the continuous increase in the level of in the country is a cause for concern.

"So everyone has decided that they will work together to decrease pollution," he added.

Quoting a report of the WHO, he said 1.60 lakh people died worldwide last year due to and the death rate is increasing.

IIT-K alumni association claimed that in the next phase of the project, countries like Singapore, Japan, and the UAE will also be included.

He said former students of the institute living in these countries will work on the project.

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First Published: Thu, January 10 2019. 20:05 IST