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India's 1st air purifier, known as 'Herbal Machine' installed in Kanpur

The machine will run for 24 hours to improve the deteriorating air quality in Kanpur.

In an attempt to reduce and control the deteriorating standards of air quality in Kanpur, India's first air purifier machine has been installed in the city which will effectively absorb toxic gas and dust, generating oxygen simultaneously. This decision has been taken with respect to Kanpur's position as one of the most polluted cities in the country. As per reports, this machine will run for 24 hours, supplying oxygen equivalent to that of 600 trees.


Kanpur's 'herbal machine' to control and improve air quality

The constant rise in the levels of air pollution in Kanpur has increasingly become a major cause of illness for its people, thereby creating an intense and urgent need to establish systems to control the same. The city has undertaken several efforts to reduce pollution here and in the latest development, the country's first air purifier machine has been installed at the Brahmanagar crossroad in Kanpur.

The pollution control board has also planted hundreds of trees around the intersection, besides the installation of the air purifying machine. The Kanpur Municipal Corporation is currently monitoring the purifier and has labelled it as a 'herbal machine', owing to the fact it will generate a large amount of oxygen, besides purifying the already contaminated air. Officials have highlighted that this machine will also be monitored via online mediums as it will run throughout the 24 hours of a day, refining hazardous pollutants from the breathing air, making it fit for safe consumption.

Streamlined with this, the civic body has decided to set up air purifier machines in all city wards, by next month. The KMC has estimated the project to cost around 5 to 7 lakhs rupees.

Kanpur AQI today:

Kanpur has lodged itself in the list of the most polluted cities in Uttar Pradesh and India alike by reporting high levels of AQI. By 2 PM in the day on Wednesday, the city reported 'very unhealthy' AQI at an average of 209 units. All key areas in Kanpur have been warned against the rising levels of pulmonary infections, which are more pronounced in the winters. District hospitals have already recorded a surge in patients with respiratory problems, which pose threat to life, in the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic.

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