The next time, you walk into Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport, don’t be surprised to see that it has been spruced up extensively with plants!
In a bid to naturally moderate temperatures in a hot region like the national capital, prevent water wastage and more crucially, tackle indoor air pollution, the airport authorities recently placed almost 35,000 ‘air purifying’ plants across the premises of IGI.
Besides uplifting the aesthetics of the place, these plants have been meticulously chosen for their natural ability to clear the air of basic pollutants.
According to a report by the Times of India, an area of roughly 3.9 million sq. ft. within the IGI airport is now covered with plants and shrubs. The Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL), which is the airport operator, also mentioned that in addition to maintaining the already existing ones, the airport intends to keep adding thousands of plants every year.
The air-purifying greenery includes plants and flowering trees like cassia fistula, asltonia scholaris, spider plants, snake plants, golden pothos, weeping fig, jacaranda mimosifolia, and bamboo palm that are scientifically known to provide natural air purification.
“We have been working towards reducing the adverse effects of pollution. For this, we have taken various initiatives to improve the air quality management and emission reduction at the Delhi Airport. We have extensively planted air purifying plants and trees inside and outside the terminals of Delhi Airport, which has significantly improved the air quality at the airport and its vicinity. The air quality at the airport is also regularly monitored by various authorities,” said a DIAL spokesperson.
The Delhi airport currently holds a spot among the top 20 busiest airports in the world, and this move could play a significant role in motivating close to 65 million people, who chart flights from the airport on an annual basis, to plant trees or grow plants in their homes and help reduce air pollution.
(Edited by Gayatri Mishra)