Wednesday, May 2, 2018

India's top court slams government over Taj Mahal decay

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In this photograph taken on March 11, 2018, the Taj Mahal mausoleum is pictured in the Indian city of Agra. India's top court on May 1 sharply criticised the government for failing to protect the Taj Mahal, the legendary centuries-old monument to love which has been changing colour because of pollution. Ludovic MARIN / AFP
NEW DELHI (AFP).- India's top court on Tuesday sharply criticised the government for failing to protect the Taj Mahal, the centuries-old monument to love which has been changing colour because of pollution. The brilliant marble of the Taj Mahal -- a UNESCO world heritage site -- has acquired a yellow tinge over the years. The colour of the marble "was first becoming yellow. Now it seems to be green and black," a Supreme Court bench said after reviewing recent photos of the monument. The Taj Mahal has been slowly yellowing because of smog in the region. Insects also leave green stains on its rear wall, which faces the heavily-polluted Yamuna River. [More]