While the air quality index (AQI) has been deteriorating in the national capital to 'very poor' category due to the rising level of harmful pollutants, Uttar Pradesh has also facing raising concerns over depleting air quality.
With the unsettling health hazard due to the increasing pollution in the air, an Artificial Lung was installed in the capital city of U.P Lucknow with the purpose to mimic the functioning of the human lungs.
In an unexpected turn of events, the artificial lungs put up in Lucknow's Lalbagh area near Nagar Nigam office turned black within 24 hours of installation.
"In Lucknow, the lungs turned black by the very next day of the installation, within 24 hours. We had used HEPA filters. There are loopholes in the National Clean Air Programme of the government. Till the time they are not addressed, the situation won''t be better in the state," said Ekta Shekhar, who is director of Climate Agenda, the organisation which installed the artificial lungs.
Here are the visuals of the 'Artificial lung' by news agency ANI:
Adding she revealed that the Artificial Lung installed in New Delhi took six days to turn black while it took 18 days for the instalment in Bengaluru to turn black.
"This shows the air quality here. It took six days for the lungs to turn black in Delhi, 18 days in Bengaluru," she added.
Earlier in November, a similar installation replicating human lungs was placed at New Delhi's Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, as a part of a campaign by Help Delhi Breathe initiative, Lung Care Foundation and the hospital.
Shockingly, after being exposed to the polluted air of Delhi, the artificial lung turned from white to black within 48 hours. This evident contrast of colours in the Artificial Lungs within hours depicts the plight of the cities dealing with environmental air pollution.
(With ANI inputs)