With the mandatory lockdown implemented in India for 21 days, all the working sectors and their operations have also been stopped for the time being. Due to this, a significant change can be seen in the pollution levels, be it in the air or even water. The cleanliness of the Yamuna river is an example of the noticeable change that can be seen according to pictures appearing on social media recently. Videos showing migrant birds and marine life returning to the Yamuna have also surfaced (if reliable) on social media platforms.
Due to negligent behaviour, the sacred Yamuna river has constantly been polluted with waste from factories and people dumping garbage, along with people bathing there for a large number of years. But due to the lockdown, water quality has started to improve as all the mistreatment has stopped.View this post on Instagram
According to the news, the pollution levels have significantly improved around the area surrounding the Yamuna river due to the factories shutting down their operations. Ironically, if seen a year back the river was heavily polluted and covered with thick sludge-like foam on the surface in New Delhi.
It is important to note that the pictures and videos seen are yet to be authenticated or verified as reliable sources. Moreover, some people are also claiming that the cleanliness of the river is not seen in other parts of the river located in other cities.
According to the Central Pollution Control Board or CPCB, a study will soon be conducted to check the quality of water in the river and assess the change. Prashant Gargava, the Member-Secretary of CPCB has reportedly quoted that, “We are in the planning phase of conducting the study and collecting samples. Analysis of the impact of the lockdown on air quality has already been done and the process will be similar for the Yamuna river.” The Yamuna Monitoring Committee (appointed by the NGT) has also asked CPCB and DPCC – (Delhi Pollution Control Committee) to carry out a necessary study to assess a baseline for agencies to adhere to and to maintain. However, delay in carrying out the study can be attributed to the labs and government offices being shut during this lockdown.View this post on Instagram
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