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Months after “Unlock”, Taj Mahal affected by severe air pollution

Rida Shaikh

According to sources, the Taj Mahal is reportedly surrounded by clouds of dust and several poisonous gases a few months after the “Unlock.” This is primarily due to the increasing levels of air pollution in Delhi and the construction work that is being carried out in the nearby areas.

A local resident, Ashish Singh, told ANI, “The city is in a terrible state due to rising air pollution. People are facing severe breathing issues but the administration is not paying any heed to the situation. There is growing dust in the air, which is spoiling the monument as well as the human health.”

Taj Mahal is an ivory-white marble mausoleum located on the southern bank of the Yamuna river in Agra, Delhi. It constitutes the seven Wonders of the World. It was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan to house the tomb of his favourite wife Mumtaz Mahal.

Another local resident Gaurav Gupta said, “Agra stands at the ninth position on the most polluted cities in India. There is construction going on everywhere. We’re facing a lot of breathing issues because of the constantly rising levels of pollution.”

The Chairman of the National Memorial Safety Comittee Syeed Munnwar Ali spoke about the administration’s plans to control the rising pollution and damage to the Taj Mahal. He said, “We have initiated plantation drives across Agra to induce fresh oxygen in the air and lower the pollution level. We have instructed all the construction sites so that they reduce the dust and dirt emanating from those sites.”

He furthermore told in an interview to ANI, “To protect the Taj Mahal, 100 electronic buses will soon be introduced, which will be driven in the 20 meters radius of the monument. These buses will not emit any form of harmful gases and will protect the white marble from diminishing due to pollutants.”

 

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