As the Air Quality Index (AQI) in Delhi continues to hover alarmingly close to the 500 mark, there is an oxygen bar in Saket that is seeing a greater footfall.
Keep in mind that "Good" AQI is 0 to 50. On Thursday morning the AQI was a t 472, with particulate matter (PM) 2.5 levels at at 322 and PM 10 levels at 487.
Oxy Pure, which the store owner says is the first of its kind in India, offers seven different aromas for those in search of pure clean air. These are lemongrass, orange, cinnamon, spearmint, peppermint, eucalyptus, and lavender.
"The bar provides fresh oxygen for us to breathe as the pollution levels are very high outside," said Anjana, a customer.
"In pollution, the bar will provide big relief to elders and children who are more susceptible. The oxygen with the aroma is really refreshing," said another customer.
"This is the first such store in Delhi. Currently, pollution levels are very high, our product helps in providing some relief. We get 10-15 customers a day. We are also offering portable oxygen cans to customers that they can carry anywhere they want," said Ajay Johnson, store operator.
Not everyone is ready for an oxygen bar though, and Twitter reacted in predictable, if varied ways to the news. Take a look:
This city has officially gone mad. https://t.co/RAbWiIjx16— bhavatosh singh (@bhavatoshsingh) November 15, 2019
Made in India ??— Anushka Suri (@AnushkaSuri) November 15, 2019
Kya din aa gye. Ab oxygen bhi khareedo and usme bhi you have to pay GST— PK (@prashant_kk) November 14, 2019
Science fiction are becoming reality https://t.co/eGLuKHBhcl— Mother Earth (@Mother77936584) November 15, 2019
So, Dr. Seuss' fantasy "The Lorax" is becoming a reality in India. "O'Hare Air" has emerged as OxyPure in New Delhi. I hope that there is actually a Lorax to save us all #ClimateChangeIsReal #PollutionEmergency https://t.co/uW7vi8tF3a— Nilay Goyal (@goyalnilay) November 15, 2019
Not everyone is a believer in air pollution however. A few Twitter users are not too happy with the fact that only Delhi's polluted air has become a talking point amongst people.
Eventually this pollution may come out as a scam too!! How is the air quality in Punjab/Haryana?Why media is talking about poor air quality in Delhi only!!Suddenly everybody in twitter is complaining about unbreathable air in Delhi but my friends in Noida are not bothered!??— Bipasha (@bpashaa) November 15, 2019
Some helpful Tweeters tried to suggest alternatives that you can buy from Amazon and beyond.
Instead you can buy this in Amazon worth rs 1700 for 3 cylinders. Instead of wasting 299 for 15 mins pic.twitter.com/faRV86F96Z— Theultraviolet (@TheUltraViolet4) November 15, 2019
Others still believe that while this is not a long-term solution, it is an acceptable one.
It's better than Hukkah Bars and smoking zone . But not the permanent solution .— G@rV (@GrV52912833) November 14, 2019
Good business opportunity. ? They can improve the device to inhale & charge more. If you are ready to spend, come & if you are not, go to hell, simple slogan. There is no free lunch ?— bhoot pishach (@4m9zO4OJfyOVcHW) November 14, 2019
All we can say is, if this is the price you pay for oxygen now, it does not bode well for the future. In the meantime, the Supreme Court has pulled up the AAP-led Delhi government and other authorities over increasing air pollution levels in the city and suggested a clutch of measures to bring it down.
(With agency inputs)