Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT -

A large num­ber of trees have been felled in Agra in re­cent years to build roads and other in­fra­struc­ture. Agra lies in a semi-arid zone, near the desert state of Ra­jasthan, and ex­pe­ri­ences very hot sum­mers when tem­per­a­tures touch 49 C. Hot dusty winds have an abra­sive ef­fect on the mar­ble. In­creas­ing green cover and wa­ter bod­ies is one way of curb­ing dust pol­lu­tion.

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