Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT -

Me­dia re­ports in 2011 sug­gested the re­ced­ing Ya­muna is weak­en­ing the sal wood ( Shore­aro­busta) in the foun­da­tion of the Taj Ma­hal which needs con­stant mois­ture to pre­vent it from crack­ing. Taj's foun­da­tion, built of brick, wa­ter­tight mor­tar and wood, is sup­ported by cir­cu­lar wells dug in the river bank to give it sta­bil­ity. The low flow in the river and the high pol­lu­tion are also ma­jor causes of con­cern. ASI, how­ever, says it has no ev­i­dence that wood has been used in the foun­da­tion.

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