Wanted: someone who can fix the Taj Mahal; Amrit Dhillon; Sydney Morning Herald

India – Taj Mahal

Foreigners, Australians among them, are eyeing up an opportunity to help save the Taj Mahal from pollution after India’s Supreme Court ordered the government to search abroad for experts to stem the damage to the building.

The white marble 17th century icon in Agra is pock-marked with brown and grey patches. Last Tuesday, two Supreme Court judges, on seeing the latest pictures, threw up their hands in despair at government apathy.

“Earlier it was turning yellow and now it is becoming brown and green … it seems you are helpless,” they said.

“You can get help from experts from outside to assess the damage done and restore it. There seems to be lack of will and expertise,” was how the two justices rebuked the authorities.

Completed in 1643, the Taj Mahal, a mausoleum was built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who is buried there alongside Jahan.

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