Delhi, India’s capital is known for numerous things, it’s poor air quality surely being one of them. After all, Delhi ranked no.1 in the world in terms of air pollution. A lot has been done by its CM Arvind Kejriwal to curb pollution in the city for the past decade. I hope you remember the odd-even rule!
But hardly anything has worked the way the coronavirus lockdown has to minimize the pollution levels in the city. Recent reports show Delhi under the ‘yellow zone’ of Air Quality Index’ (AQI) which is quite a rare sight. Delhi’s AQI which has earlier crossed even 300, has dropped to 50’s and 60’s. Have a look:
The revelation has come as the silver lining to the pandemic for Desi Twitter, at least they have something to celebrate in the midst of pandemic stress.
One bright spot during this #Covid_19india #delhilockdown.— Ashlin Mathew (@ashlinpmathew) March 23, 2020
Since cars are off the road, AQI improves beyond anyone’s imagination. In my 7 years here – never.
At least now will people realise that odd-even can help if we follow it? pic.twitter.com/7lB3N2XIJX
#COVID19 has Delhi in lockdown.— The Frustrated Physician (@The_Irate_Medic) March 22, 2020
While we are all scared how this would play out, there is a silver lining
Delhi is breathing better!
From high 400s, AQI is down to 87
Mr @ArvindKejriwal, the pollution of Delhi comes from within
Let's work towards that once COVID blows over pic.twitter.com/cb1qLavgnR
Wow, one positive effect of lockdown, I am first time seeing Delhi in Yellow – Moderate. Good, keep this up, now we know how pollution can be reduced. Check out the real-time air pollution map, for more than 100 countries. https://t.co/BWnqn0vLVv via @world_aqi— Manoj Gupta (@manojkgupta_ind) March 24, 2020
Bc delhi ka AQI 84 ho gya…. Seriously .. this is the effect of lockdown… No vehicles no pollution… Jo daily 300+ hi rhta tha… 6-7 ho jaye ye … Sab pollution chla jayega— फलानी_ढ़ीमकानी (@WizarDess_Twts) March 23, 2020
Though we are happy to see the assertive changes in the atmosphere due to lockdown, we still desire to get off from this pandemic.