Udaipur lakes breathing fresh air in Lockdown

As the industrial units, vehicle movement and tourist places in the city come to a halt while people being locked inside their houses, the level of pollution has reduced drastically allowing the city to breathe some fresh air.

And due to the reduced air and water pollution, the amount of oxygen in the city’s lakes has also increased.

While one cannot deny the fact that COVID-19 lockdown has severely strained the livelihoods of lakhs and played havoc with the economy. But if we look beyond the quarantined homes, there is a see a city in bloom. Blissfully unpolluted, greener and cleaner, Udaipur is reliving the memories of an era long gone.

The most dramatic turnaround has been water quality in the lakes of the city.

The lockdown has come as a blessing in disguise for these lifelines of the city. And there are visible signs that the two of most popular lakes of Udaipur — Fatehsagar and Pichola – are getting healed naturally. With major pollutants like boat ferries shut down and minimum human interference, the lockdown is having a profound impact on the city’s environment.

If we look into the before and after the lockdown figures of the lake water purity measurement from the Pollution Control Board, there has been a substantial improvement in the purity of the water.

The increased level of oxygen has also enhanced the clarity of the water making the base of the lakes visible.

As per the sources, the Pollution Control Board takes the water sample every month to study the pollution level.

The following table gives a clear picture of how much polluted the water of the lakes was before the lockdown and how the lockdown has given a new life to these waterbodies of the city.

Before Lockdown After Lockdown
Pichola 6.8 7.9 500 442 8.2 8.16 591 413
Fatehsagar 07 8.3 560 454 8.8 8.70 663 398
Udaisagar 05 8.6 1000 885 6.8 8.71 1265 885
Swaroop Sagar 06 8.2 500 408 7.6 8.43 538 376
Goverdhan Sagar 05 8.2 800 596 6.4 9.8 852 596
Badi Lake 08 8.4 400 300 8.8 8.63 410 287
Jaisamand Lake 07 7.2 500 400 8.8 8.57 558 390

Source: Patrika

  • DO – Dissolved Oxygen
  • pH – Potential of Hydrogen
  • EC – Electrical Conductivity
  • TDS – Total Dissolved Solids

Unluckily! Udaipur is in the list of World’s Most Polluted Cities.

Udaipur Amongst World’s Most Polluted Cities

By the World Health Organization’s (WHO) urban air quality database released on Thursday, Udaipur has been positioned as the 59th most contaminated city on the planet.

Four different places from Rajasthan, namely, Jodhpur (30), Jaipur (33), Kota(58) and Alwar(61) other than Udaipur; have likewise been included amongst the main 100 polluted cities on the planet as far as air-quality. These five urban communities are additionally amongst India’s main 25 most polluted cities.

Udaipur Air Pollution

98% of urban areas in low-and center pay nations with more than 1,00,000 tenants don’t meet WHO air quality rules; states the most recent report.

The rankings depend on ground estimations of yearly mean groupings of particulate matter (PM 10 and PM 2.5). Than PM 10, air contamination of PM 2.5 is connected with more genuine health implications. PM 2.5 better particulate matter causes more noteworthy harm to the respiratory framework than coarser PM 10. The essential source of data incorporates official reporting from nations to WHO, and authority national and sub-national reports and sites containing estimations of PM10 or PM2.5.

As urban air quality decays, the danger of stroke, coronary illness, lung malignancy, and constant and intense respiratory ailments including asthma, increments for the general population who live in them.

Says Dr Flavia Bustreo, WHO Assistant-Director General, Family, Women and Children’s Health, “Air pollution is a major cause of disease and death. It is good news that more cities are stepping up to monitor air quality, so when they take actions to improve it they have a benchmark. When dirty air blankets our cities the most vulnerable urban populations—the youngest, oldest and poorest—are the most impacted.”

Wish somebody in the organization pays heed so we have a solid city alongside the smart city. May be its time for “odd-even” vehicles in Udaipur as well! A more tight control on close-by industrial units may likewise be required!


Article reference: UdaipurTimes & HindustanTimes | TimesOfIndia