Taj Mahal colour change worries India SC

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PV International Desk : India’s Supreme Court has expressed concern over the change of colour of the iconic Taj Mahal at Agra and said the monument had become yellowish earlier and was now turning brownish and greenish.

The apex court on Tuesday suggested that the Centre take the assistance of experts from India and abroad to first assess the damage and then take steps to restore the historic monument, reports The Times of India.

“Even if you have the expertise, you are not utilising it. Or perhaps you don’t care,” court justices said.

The court said the famous tomb, built in the 17th Century from white marble and other materials, had turned yellow and was now turning brown and green.

Pollution, construction and insect dung are said to be among the causes.

Justices Madan Lokur and Deepak Gupta examined photographs of the palace submitted by environmentalists and ordered the government to seek expertise from inside India and abroad.

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.

The Taj Mahal was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in the city of Agra and is now one of the world’s leading tourist attractions, drawing as many as 70,000 people every day.