Seeing the levels of rising pollution in the air nowadays, Indian Railways has taken a unique initiative to combat toxins in the air with the opening of 'Oxygen Parlour' at Nashik Road (NK) railway station. This move is a joint effort of Airo Guard in collaboration with the Ministry of Railways. The innovative idea of the oxygen parlour at the railway station is started under New Innovative Non-Fare Revenue Idea Scheme (NINFRIS). It is a very contemplative effort for the train passengers as they can now breathe in clean and fresh air.
Oxygen Parlour is an indoor plant gallery cum sale kiosk spread in an area of 250 sq ft. It consists of around 1500 air purifying plants which can effectively bring down the pollution in the air at the railway station. Nashik railway consists of three platforms and all the platforms were identified ideal for oxygen parlour. But as platform number 2 and 3 are attached, the oxygen parlour has been set up at them so that more passengers can get benefit from it.
The oxygen parlour is based on the recommendation of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). In 1989, NASA conducted a study in which they identified some plants that absorb the five most harmful pollutants present in the air. Keeping in mind this study, most of the plants that absorb the toxins from the air are present at the Oxygen Parlour. Such plants have the ability to clean the air in 10X10 feet area around them.
Oxygen parlour includes 18 types of air-filtering plants like Bamboo palm, Spider plant, Devils ivy, Dwarf date palm, Boston fern, Kimberly Queen fern, Chinese evergreen, Broadleaf lady palm, Barberton daisy, Weeping fig, Flamingo lily, Lilyturf English ivy, Variegated snake plant, Cornstalk dracaena, Red-edged dracaena, Peace lily and a florist's chrysanthemum.
Nashik is the first-ever railway station to have an oxygen parlour. Railways also plan to expand this initiative by opening it at every railway station. In order to maximize its reach and improve the air quality throughout the nation, people can also give these plants to their friends and family.
Objectives of Oxygen Parlour
Central Railway is the first-ever railway zone that has come up with the pioneering idea of oxygen parlour. The project is expected to help railways in several ways like:
Apart from generating an additional NFR revenue of Rs 72000 per annum, it would be providing clean air to commuters.
With the opening of the oxygen parlour, the idle space at the railway station is now beautified as it comprises of countless number of plants.
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