The lungs billboard installation at Kharghar had already started turning grey and black, a day from installation
Kharghar / Panvel / Navi Mumbai: The giant replica of human lungs called “Billboard That Breathes”, installed at sector 7, Kharghar, by environmental organisation Waatavaran, which was inaugurated by PCMC Mayor Dr. Kavita Choutmol, began changing colour just a day after being installed. The billboard is to be monitored for two weeks to study the impact of particulate matter in the air of Kharghar but looking at the speed at which the colour is getting changed, the situation can be understood well enough.
Bhagwan Keshbhat, founder of Waatavaran, expresses his concern, “We had set up a similar installation in Bandra in the month of January, 2020, and it had taken about 14 days to change colour and turn completely black. However, the billboard installation at Kharghar has started changing colour just a day from installation. That explains the amount of pollution local residents are being subjected to on a day to day basis. This is a cause of concern.”
Readers must be aware a recent monitoring exercise conducted by Waatavaran had revealed shocking numbers of particulate matter in the air in the Kharghar-Taloja-Panvel belt, clearly indicating a high level of pollution, especially during early morning hours, owing to the Taloja MIDC.
“The “Billboard That Breathes” will act as a visual presentation of the real time problem posed by the ever increasing air pollution in Kharghar, majorly emerging out of the industrial area at Taloja MIDC, and also from vehicular emissions.” Keshbhat adds.
“The fast changing colour of the Billboard That Breathes installation at Kharghar is indicative of the high pollution in Kharghar and although the major contribution is from the industries located at Taloja MIDC, we, as residents should do our part and try cutting down on vehicular pollution as far as possible, by cycling and walking short distances, as PCMC Mayor Dr. Kavita Choutmol suggested,” Keshbhat concludes.
Last Updated on January 19, 2021 by lp@admin