Save the white beauty
The cover story, "Daunting journey" (1-15 May, 2015), was a wonderful read for Down To Earth's 23rd anniversary issue. The magazine came into existence because of the love of its founder editor, Anil Agarwal, for the environment and his commitment to protect it, while including the masses in the development agenda. The magazine has consistently stood by its principle without fear or favour. Kudos to the Editor and the editorial staff.
L R SHARMA
The cover story was an interesting recap of measures to protect the Taj Mahal and the government's failure in doing so. But it would have been better if the proceedings and minutes of the Mission Management Board and the Taj Trapezium Zone (TTZ) authority had been referred to in the story. The decisions made and the evaluation of their actual impact would have added insight into the current pollution scenario in Agra. TTZ is an environmentally sensitive zone and is on the priority list of the Supreme Court and the Centre. But there has not been much progress in maintaining this corridor, such as ravine development, wetlands, rain and floodwater harvesting and afforestation. The story could have suggested viable solutions to prevent air and water pollution in TTZ.
PHOTOGRAPHS: VIKAS CHOUDHARY / CSE