In­dia grap­ples with Taj Mahal clean­ing

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AUTHOR­I­TIES in In­dia are try­ing to work out how to scale the Taj Mahal’s ma­jes­tic but del­i­cate dome as they com­plete the first thor­ough clean­ing of the World Heritage Site since it was built 369 years ago.

Work on the mau­soleum’s minarets and walls is al­most fin­ished af­ter work­ers be­gan the makeover in mid-2015.

They have been us­ing fuller’s earth, a nat­u­ral mud paste to re­move yel­low dis­coloura­tion and re­turn the mar­ble to its orig­i­nal bril­liant white.

But the metal scaf­fold­ing used so far is too heavy and rigid for the dome, said Bhu­van Vikrama, the su­per­in­tend­ing ar­chae­ol­o­gist.

He said they are con­sid­er­ing de­sign­ing and con­struct­ing spe­cial bam­boo scaf­fold­ing.

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