A pair of white artificial lungs, installed in Mumbai’s Bandra to create awareness on the city’s high pollution levels and their adverse health effects, have turned grey, and are nearing pitch black just eight days after installation.
The local administration had installed the pair of artificial lungs at Bandra Kurla Complex on Thursday, January 16, 2020. These lungs were made of high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters.
AQI in Bandra crossed 340
On Tuesday, the air quality index in Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai’s commercial hub, crossed 340. It was closely followed by the stations at Worli, Kurla, and Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, which recorded AQIs of 207, 197, and 188 respectively.
Bhagwan Kesbhat, the founder of an environmental organization called Waatavaran, said, “The use of private cars has added to Mumbai’s pollution problem. Professionals, businessmen and corporates all travel in private cars. Three lakh cars come to the Bandra Kurla Complex every day. That has impacted the air quality. The main cause of air pollution is vehicular emission. Second is dust from construction.”
Shikha Kumar, campaign manager for the programme told media, “With all the Aarey protests in Mumbai, we now know for sure it wasn’t just about the 3,000 trees but it was about the cluster of greenery which is very important for a city like Mumbai.”
Earlier in December last year, the AQI in Mumbai reached 200 for the seventh time, which is considered very unhealthy. The AQI crossed 200 marks 23 times and 300 marks eight times in Bandra Kurla Complex. Whereas, an AQI of 305 was recorded in North Mumbai’s Malad.
Like Mumbai, artificial lungs were installed in the streets of Delhi, Lucknow, and Bangalore, so that people could be made aware of the damage caused by air pollution.
Due to extreme pollution in Delhi, artificial lungs turned completely black within 6 days. In Lucknow, the color of artificial lungs turned black in 5 days, while in Bangalore, these lungs were fine for 25 days.