Taj Mahal, the ivory-white marble mausoleum on the south bank of the Yamuna river in the Indian city of Agra, built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan between 1632 and 1643, designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 for being “the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage,” is changing the color.
It had turned yellow and was now turning brown and green. Pollution, construction and insect dung are incriminated. This fact determined India’s Supreme Court to instruct the government to seek foreign help to fix what it described as a worrying change. “Even if you have the expertise, you are not utilising it. Or perhaps you don’t care,” court justices said. The famous construction is a big tourist attraction drawing as many as 70,000 people every day.
The government has previously shuttered thousands of factories near the Taj Mahal, but activists say its marble is still losing its lustre. Sewage in the Yamuna River, alongside the palace, attracts insects which excrete waste onto the palace’s walls, staining them.
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