India grapples with Taj Mahal cleaning
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.