Taj Ma­hal needs a nine-year mud pack to tackle pol­lu­tion

The China Post - - LIFE GUIDE POST -

The Taj Ma­hal will need nine years of mud packs to re­move yel­low stains from its white mar­ble walls caused by air pol­lu­tion, the Times of In­dia re­ported on Wed­nes­day.

Ar­chae­ol­o­gists said the lengthy pe­riod was needed to prop­erly and safely clean par­ti­cles from the four minarets and the main dome of the famed mon­u­ment to love.

Author­i­ties have taken nu­mer­ous steps in re­cent years to try to pro­tect the 17th-cen­tury mon­u­ment from pol­lu­tion com­ing from the busy city of Agra nearby, in­clud­ing ban­ning lo­cal coalpow­ered in­dus­tries.

The mud pack clean­ing was an­nounced last year, fol­lowed by a lo­cal ban on the com­mon prac­tice of burn­ing cow dung for fuel, in or­der to re­duce the car­bon de­posits on the Taj’s walls.

The Times of In­dia news­pa­per out­lined an ac­tion plan by author­i­ties af­ter sub­mit­ting a Right to In­for­ma­tion re­quest to ac­cess gov­ern­ment doc­u­ments.

The Taj — In­dia’s top tourist at­trac­tion — was built by Mughal em­peror Shah Ja­han as a tomb for his beloved wife Mum­taz Ma­hal, who died giv­ing birth in 1631.

It has drawn a string of world lead­ers and roy­alty in­clud­ing for­mer U.S. pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton, while Diana, the late Bri­tish princess, was fa­mously pho­tographed alone on a mar­ble seat there in 1992.

AFP

In this pho­to­graph taken on Dec. 4, 2010, tourists visit the Taj Ma­hal in Agra, In­dia.

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