Coronavirus lockdown on pollution in India

The drastic measures taken by governments from all over the world, because of the spreading of the novel coronavirus, and the shutdown of factories, commercial establishments and vehicle movement, has resulted in a drop in the pollution levels across the world.

With a nationwide 21-day lockdown in place announced by PM Modi, more than 103 cities, including Delhi, recorded minimal air pollution in the last few days. Pollution level in major cities of India has dipped as a result of the Coronavirus lockdown.

Welcoming the reduction in pollution, environmentalists urged the government to treat it as a “wake-up call” and stop its “obsession” with “development” at the cost of the environment. India is currently under the biggest lockdown with around 130 crore people asked to stay home in view of the coronavirus outbreak.

India is currently under the biggest lockdown with around 130 crore people asked to stay home in view of the coronavirus outbreak.

Similar climate changes have been witnessed in other parts of the world too. The air pollution levels in Italy dropped significantly last month; the canals in Venice cleared up revealing all the fishes living in it. Parts of China have also shown a drastic fall in pollution levels as the country came to a halt.

According to latest reports by the World Health Organisation (WHO), there has been more than 19 lakh COVID-19 cases reported across the world so far, with a little more than 1 lakh deaths. In short, the coronavirus has affected people irrespective of their social and economic status.

Also See: Environmental Issues in India Today

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