If you’re living in a city with no sign of natural features like hills or mountains, imagine waking up one day to a stretch of snowcapped mountains. You’ll probably be pinching yourself to ensure that you aren’t dreaming. But recently, this miracle happened for real. Amid the countrywide lockdown, people of Jalandhar were taken aback by the spectacular sight of a Himalayan mountain range, which is located more than 200 km away from the city. After about 30 years, the breathtaking Dhauladhar range of Himachal has been visible from Punjab’s Jalandhar city.
How Did It Happen?
The sudden dip in the pollution levels across the country has cleared the clutter in the air, paving the way for this pleasant surprise. People all around the city took out their mobiles and handy-cams to click pictures of the beautiful view. No wonder, they all were on cloud 9! The social media has already been flooded with numerous posts of the rare sight which also includes snaps from Indian cricketer Harbhajan Singh and IFS officer Parveen Kaswan.
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There has been a remarkable improvement in the Air Quality Index across cities which are usually ranked high in terms of pollution. More than 90 cities in India have witnessed minimal air pollution during this 21-day lockdown phase. Delhi too, is experiencing the beauty of spotless blue skies after ages. The country has become so clean that even rare birds and animals have started flocking into the city premises. House sparrows, which were almost on the verge of extinction, also seem to have started increasing in numbers now.
With around 130 crore people staying indoors since 22nd March 2020, India has been now under the biggest lockdown to curb the spread of the deadly coronavirus. As people have stopped intervening with nature, smog has been replaced by the sweet breeze, deforestation has been replaced by reforestation, and mother nature has started healing. This is a clear indication of the harm that urbanisation has done to the earth since ages. Once normal activities resume, let’s take up the pledge to swear by an eco-friendly, sustainable lifestyle.