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A Marble Memorablia

The Taj Mahal is well known across the world for its historical value, its tale of love, and its stunning beauty. The Taj Mahal is located in the historic Indian city of Agra. It houses the tomb of Mumtaz Mahal, the wife of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. It is said that the Emperor loved his wife dearly and was prompted to build the Taj Mahal after her death as a testament to his love. It was known as ‘dream of marble’ because it was purely made up of white marble which is also known as “the crown of palaces”. But its beauty has now faded away and is falling victim to chronic pollution, according to an Indian government report. Its celebrated white marble exterior is gradually turning yellow because of air pollution caused by petrol fumes and illegal building works. And now the Supreme Court is pressurizing the UP government, either to shut down or to preserve it. It flanks a garbage-strewn river and is often enveloped by dust and smog from belching smokestacks and vehicles in the northern city of Agra. Tiny insects from the drying Yamuna River into which the city pours its sewage crawl into the Taj Mahal, their excrement further staining the marble, an environmental lawyer told India’s Supreme Court. The court slammed the government for not doing enough to preserve the monument.

 

“If the Indian scientists and the (conservationists) can’t do the things, they should be able to contact foreign experts or conservationists, those who can come and they will be readily happy to help,” said lawyer M.C. Mehta, who has been fighting to save the Taj Mahal from pollution for three decades. The court expressed anguish over the UP government's failure to come out with a vision document to preserve and protect the Taj Mahal and also asked for details on what the centre has done. On July 24th, The Uttar Pradesh government has filed the first draft report, and said the entire precinct should be declared a no-plastic zone and all polluting industries in the region closed. Also roads along Yamuna riverfront should be planned so traffic is limited and pedestrian movement encouraged.According to the government, there should be no construction on the Yamuna floodplain and the riverbank should only have natural plantations. The top court has been monitoring development in the area to protect the Taj Mahal. We the people of India have to be proud in having one of the wonders of the world in our country.

 

B.CHARULATHA M.KEERTHANA LAKSHMI V.E.MEENAKSHI P.TAMILSELVI

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