After 30 years, this is the first time, the range of Himalayas are visible to the locals of the northern regions. People of Jalandhar in Punjab, which is 125 miles far from the Himalayas, come together on social media to share their captured images and videos of the white snow cover Mountains.
Dhauladhar range, a part of Himalayas, is more visible to the locals of the Himachal Pradesh. The only reason for the clear and crystal vision of the mountain ranges is the very low air pollution in India.
Drop-in pollution level is the result of actions taken to stop the spreading of Novel Coronavirus. India’s 21 days total lockdown is the result of this cleared environment. The lockdown has stated on 22nd March and will continue till 14th April.
Positive side of lockdown on Himalayas
According to the locals of Jalandhar, the Dhauladhar range is one of the parts of Himalaya’s. It translates itself into a white range when sunlight falls into it and helps to form the other parts of the Himalayas.
According to some surveys, only in these few days, 85 cities in India had improved the air quality as most of the production companies, factories, non-essential businesses, and transportation are temporarily closed.
People from Jalandhar have been anxious to share their witnesses and feelings on social media and the internet.
Former Indian cricketer Harbhajan Singh wrote in his tweet, he had never been a witness such scenery. It could be tough to imagine this. It is also an indication of the amount of pollution we have done on Earth.
“Never seen Dhauladar range from my home rooftop in Jalandhar. Never could imagine that’s possible. A clear indication of the impact the pollution has done by us to mother earth.”
Sant Balbir Singh Seechwal, a famous anti-pollution activist, has explained to the media that we can visualize the snow Cover Mountains from the rooftop, but this is not the same as seeing stars in the sky at night. He has never seen this beauty of nature before in these recent times.
The silver lining to coronavirus lockdowns: Air quality is improving
According to the report of AQI (AIR QUALITY INDEX), Indian cities had an average AQI of 115 in between 16th March to 24th March. Still, it has started improving the quality of air from the first day of the 21 days lockdown. After three days of lockdown, the average AQI fell to 75. A good AQI means the range of pollution is not more than 50. This range of AQI indicates that the level of air pollution is less and will not make any threat. The AQI range between 50 to 100 can be considered as the average AQI for a country.
India is the 2nd largest population country in worldwide, with upward of 1.4 billion citizens. Due to the fatal effect of the novel coronavirus, Indian has been kept under a strict lockdown period from 22nd March to 14th April.
This extreme move of steps restricts the movement of the citizens. This outrageous decision is denounced by some of the rights groups and the organizing body of the private farm, who profess that these extreme steps are groundless and can harm the country and its economic structure.
However, this lockdown closed down factories, transportations, malls, the marketplace, school, college, university, shops, place of worship, construction projects, etc. It has given us a temporary relief to say goodbye to our digital life. And let us have a couple of good moments with family. Also now we can have a good deep breath of pollution-free air.
India renowned for Out of 30 world’s most polluted cities. Twenty-one of them are situated in South Asia. According to the report of CNN, the capital of India New Delhi has a 70 percent immersion of harmful microscopic objects named PM 2.5.
This dangerous object goes deep inside to the lungs and passes through every essential organs and blood cells. These phenomena can cause many diseases in the human body.
However, due to the motor traffic, Nitrogen Oxide is mixed with the air. Also, the power plant pollution has come down by 70 percent from 50 per cubic meter to 15 cubic meters in the same period.
It has become more comfortable for the people of New Delhi to step outside and breadth the fresh air. India has taken these steps to experience a vast improvement to clean the atmosphere meant to prevent the spread of this pandemic.
Balbir Singh Seechewal is floored by the sharp drop in air pollution. He said:
“I had never imagined I would experience such a clean world around me. The unimaginable has happened. It shows nothing is impossible. We must work together to keep it like that.”