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Down to Earth - - LETTERS -

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.


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.



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