Himalayas visible for first time in 30 years as pollution levels in India drop

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Mesmerising, amazing, massive, surprising, never-before. There’s been no dearth on social media of words to express what people in Jalandhar district of Punjab in India were feeling.

Sant Balbir Singh Seechewal says he has never seen anything like this before.

“We can see the snow-covered mountains clearly from our roofs. And not just that, stars are visible at night. I have never seen anything like this in recent times,” says Mr Seechewal, who has been working to raise awareness of environmental pollution for over 30 years.

Former Indian cricketer Harbhajan Singh said it’s a never-before experience.

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“Never seen Dhauladar range from my home rooftop in Jalandhar. Never could imagine that’s possible. A clear indication of the impact the pollution has done by us to mother earth,” Mr Singh posted on Twitter.

India pollution to ‘unbelievably low levels’

India, a country of nearly 1.4 billion people, has been under lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic since 22 March.
“Not just normal traffic is off the roads, but most industry is also shut down. This has helped bring the pollution level to unbelievably low levels,” Mr Seechewal said.

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