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Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT -

The big­gest threat to the Taj is the un­reg­u­lated num­ber of vis­i­tors, which on some days is over 50,000. Con­stant tread­ing wears down the mar­ble floors. Pres­ence of vis­i­tors in­creases hu­mid­ity in­side the build­ing and the grease from their palms causes de­po­si­tion of grime on the walls. The greater threat is to the red sand­stone used in the Mehman Khana and the mosque on ei­ther side of the Taj. Un­like mar­ble which is hard, red sand­stone is por­ous. The weath­er­ing of the Mehman Khana is very ob­vi­ous.

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