At a time when most of the cities in India (and across the world) are breathing toxic air as a result of rising air pollution, getting a breath of clean and fresh air has become a dream or a luxury.
While there might be air purifiers to get things sorted but there is nothing better than naturally produced Oxygen. Well, if that’s what you believe in then, the Indian Railways has done it all for you.
The Nashik Road railway station has opened up an “Oxygen Parlour” in the station premises to provide an experience of breathing clean air to the commuters. The unique initiative comes on the back of the collaborated efforts of Airo Guard and Indian Railways.
The “Oxygen Parlour” houses those varieties of plants that are known to absorb harmful pollutants better. As per Amit Amritkar the co-founder of Airo Guard, the concept is based on NASA’s recommendations.
He says, ” In 1989, NASA had conducted a study in which they identified some plants that better absorb the five most harmful pollutants from the air. We have planted most of those plants here”. The plants in the parlour have the capacity to clean the air in an area of 10X10 feet around them.
So, far there are 1500 plants in the Oxygen Parlour. Amit says that their objective is to expand this initiative to every railway station as well as every home. The commuters at the station appreciated this effort and held it as a positive step in combating air pollution.