Lucknow: The artificial lungs that were installed near Nagar Nigam office in Lalbagh area in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, turned black within 24 hours. Raising concerns over the depleting air quality in Uttar Pradesh, Ekta Shekhar, Director, Climate Agenda said, “This shows the air quality here. It took six days for the lungs to turn black in Delhi, 18 days in Bengaluru.”

The white model of human lungs, which had high-efficiency particulate absorber (HEP) filters, were set up to keep a check on the air quality in the city. Ekta Shekhar reportedly said, “In Lucknow, the lungs turned black by the very next day of the installation, within 24 hours. We had used HEPA filters.” Shekhar added, “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.”

A report by Hindustan Times quoted Professor Surya Kant, the head of the Respiratory Medicine Department of King George’s Medical University as saying, “It’s a wake-up call for the government and the people, too. We have to be alert to the quality of the air we breathe.”

Apart from Uttar Pradesh, the overall air quality index (AQI) of the national capital on Sunday was found to be at ‘very poor’ category as the level of harmful pollutants in the air shot up. The air quality of Delhi’s AQI was recorded at 382 in the morning, according to Centre-run SAFAR.

(With Agency inputs)