With humans locked inside their houses, owing to COVID-19 outbreak across the world, nature has decided to venture into open areas. With the industries shut down, people & vehicles off the road, and planes grounded, the world is opening up to see so much more. As if a veil has come off and the natural splendor is for all of us to cherish. The impact of lockdown on the environment is just simply amazing.
Below is a quick compilation of a few special visual delights that we have got an opportunity to witness due to the ongoing lockdown.
Snow-capped peaks of Gangotri
<Updated on 30th April 2020>
The latest in the list is Saharanpur, a region named after a Sufi Saint Shah Haroon Chishti in the state of Uttar Pradesh. The aerial distance between Saharanpur and snow-capped peaks of Gangotri is about 200 km, but that becomes irrelevant when the air is pure and eyes are waiting (with a camera of course). On the 29th of April, Indian Forest Services (IFS) officer shared captivating photos of the enchanting Himalaya on his twitter handle. Many residents of the city were able to capture the beautiful sight.
Magnificient pink flamingos
Out of the six flamingo species found in the world, the greater flamingo (taller, with a black-tipped pink bill) and the near-threatened lesser flamingo (shorter, with a dark crimson bill) are found in India. Every year between the months of October and March, these pink colored creatures arrive in Mumbai from the north-west part of India.
A census by the Bombay Natural History Society estimates a 25% increase in the migration of flamingoes to the Mumbai Metropolitan Region’s wetlands. This year, over 1.5 lakh birds were spotted in the first week of April itself compare to 1.2 lakhs in 2019.
More than 8 lakh endangered Olive Ridley turtles have returned to the coast of Odisha for mass nesting after making no appearance last year. According to the forests experts, nearly 50 percent of the world population of these rare turtles come to Odisha’s coast for nesting. A development that was hampered from the past several years because of the litter, waste, fishing boats, ships, and unhindered human movement.
The coastline in Odisha is now witnessing the arrival of lakhs of Olive Ridleys. These rare sea turtles are renowned for their mass nesting and these areas are their largest nesting site in the region.
Jalandhar is an ancient city in the north Indian state of Punjab. For about the last 30 years, people know this city as home to Devi Talab Mandir, a centuries-old Hindu temple dedicated to the goddess Durga. This year we will also know the place where you can see the Himalayan range.
Industrial and other greenhouse gases taking a backseat, Dhauladhar mountain range, which is more than 100 miles away from the city – made a spectacular appearance for the inhabitants. April 3rd, 2020, would be a special day for people in the surrounding area, the sight which was not seen from the last so many years was there in front of their eyes.
Behold the lovely clean waters
With no humankind to bother, throw garbage, or emit pollutants, the water bodies are for a clean surprise. The impact of lockdown on the environment, our rivers, water bodies is spectacular. The Yamuna in Delhi, Upper Lake In Bhopal, Sabarmati river in Ahemdabad, river Gomti in Lucknow, Sankey lake in Bengaluru, Sukhan lake in Chandigarh they all look super stunning, clean and green.
The Ganges is Holy again
What money couldn’t do from last so many years, a simple lockdown has done in a few days. The water quality of river Ganga at Har-ki-Pauri in Haridwar has been supposedly classified as fit for drinking. After being tested for various parameters, the experts have mentioned that the quality of water is significantly better.
Finally, with only a few days of lockdown, we have so much to experience and marvel. Moreover, if you want to believe the ecologists, they opine that giving nature space could help curb future disease outbreaks. The rest will leave up to you, what choice you want to make.