The unlocking initiative is looking to get back on track an economy which has largely been shut since the end of March. The government imposed the lockdown as a means of ensuring social distancing to help avoid the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. A number of the weekly indicators which had plunged following the sudden announcement have since begun to rise, though the latest weekly numbers show that the improvement may be flattening.
Pollution levels in Mumbai and Delhi remain below normal. The latest numbers are for Saturday. Business Standard tracks nitrogen dioxide which is emitted due to vehicular and industrial activity. Such emissions are still at only two-third of their normal levels in Delhi and a tenth of the normal in Mumbai (see chart 4,5
Power generation, on the other hand, is at levels similar to 2019 as more industries get to work shows data as of July 5 (see chart 6
The quantity of goods carried by the Indian Railways is down 9.6 per cent for the latest week. It was down 7.4 per cent in the previous week. Earnings from carrying such goods are down around 15 per cent, which is the same level as the previous week (see chart 7
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