Taj Mahal’s color change worried India’s Supreme Court

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It had turned yellow and was now turning brown and green. Pollution, construction and insect dung are incriminated. This fact determined India’s Supreme Court to instruct the government to seek foreign help to fix what it described as a worrying change. “Even if you have the expertise, you are not utilising it. Or perhaps you don’t care,” court justices said. The famous construction is a big tourist attraction drawing as many as 70,000 people every day.

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A detail of the wall

The government has previously shuttered thousands of factories near the Taj Mahal, but activists say its marble is still losing its lustre. Sewage in the Yamuna River, alongside the palace, attracts insects which excrete waste onto the palace’s walls, staining them. A sollution to save the monument is to have workers plastering the surfaces with Fuller’s earth, a mud paste that absorbs dirt, grease, and animal excrement, a cleaning operation which will last until late this year. The situation will continue to be supervised. Another Supreme Court hearing has been set for 9 May.

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