India has the second-largest population in the world, and COVID-19, a global pandemic, has brought several nations to its knees. India is no different. The fear of Coronavirus has led to immense panic among the public. As a result, the Indian government announced a nationwide lockdown throughout the country, making millions of people stay indoors. After which, many iconic streets of metropolitan cities went silent. Here is how the busiest streets and places in India looked like after the lockdown.
Ranganathan Street, Chennai
Ranganathan Street is a densely crowded commercial street in Chennai. It is one of the busiest streets in the world. Housing a variety of retail outlets, the place is crammed with people all the time.
After the lockdown announcement, the street went empty and now looks like this.
Gateway of India, Mumbai
No one has ever clicked a picture in front of the Gateway of India without thousands of visitors sprawling in the background. The monument is one of the top tourist destinations of Mumbai and is located near the famous Taj Mahal Palace, right in front of the Arabian Sea.
Following the Janta Curfew was announcement, the place has seen almost no visitors except a few pigeons and essential workers. Here is how the monument stood in silence in support of the lockdown.
Connaught Place, New Delhi
Cannaught Place is the financial and leisure epicentre of the national capital. There has not been a day when this place had an empty parking space. This place is overflowing with people at all hours of the day.
The deadly nature of the Covid-19 resulted in a complete shutdown of all offices, shops and restaurants in the area. Here is a picture of how CP looks right now.
Howrah Bridge, Kolkata
The iconic metallic suspension bridge is not just a popular tourist attraction in Kolkata, but also an important link. The Howrah Bridge connects the Kolkata city to the Howrah Railway station. As a result, it always crowded with an overwhelming number of buses, yellow ambassadors and pedestrians.
After a few positives cases in the city, Kolkata took the lockdown seriously. Adding to this, the Indian Railways discontinued its services in support of the lockdown. Now, the bridge looks somewhat like this.
Mall Road, Shimla
Shimla has already been facing overcrowding since the past few years. Mall Road in the hilltown is the most energetic spot in the town. The road is home to hundreds of showrooms, stores, restaurants and cafes.
The image below is the aftereffect of a nation-wide lockdown imposed by the state government. This famous road has limited stores open with a limited number of people allowed.
The 400-year old mosque holds both religious and historical significance in Hyderabad. Charminar is a popular tourist destination for travellers looking to explore Hyderabad’s history and culture. The market surrounding the Minar is another famous attraction. The area remains densely populated at almost all hours of the day
After the lockdown, there was no one to be found in the markets, except a few essential workers.
The historical street of Hazratganj is the commercial capital of Lucknow. Positioned right in the heart of the city, the place witnesses thousands of visitors every day. Every traveller has Hazratganj on their list when travelling to Lucknow.
Now, the crowd in Hazratganj has reduced to double digits. Every commercial store is shut with only limited people allowed on the streets. The place currently looks like this.
With a 21-day lockdown across all 32 states, Indian citizens are showing real patience and positivity in these testing times.
‘Curated by Sonal Agarwal’