Agra: The Taj Mahal has undergone lot of restoration activities in the past few decades since its construction. The monument has also seen bad days as industrialization and pollution aggravated in Agra leading to discolouring of the white marble of the Taj.
The Taj Mahal will undergo major restoration with the replacement of the stones around the monument.
The Air Quality Index of Agra near the Taj Mahal was 349 on November 4, while in the city it reached as high as 441, which is extremely hazardous. While pollution has been brought down significantly compared to the past via control measures adopted by the state and central governments in and around the Taj, it is a fact that the Taj Mahal is wearing down faster than ever before.
The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has been taking steps to prevent further damage to the irreplaceable marble carvings and inlay on the monument walls by erecting barricades to prevent tourists from reaching out and touching the walls. However, the floors of the monument are not faring well.
The ASI plans to remove 400 stones and replace it with new stones so to further prevent the stones from discolouring and retain its original aura. Barricades have been set up around the stone walls as to stop the further damage caused to the red and white stones inlaid on the white marble due to frequent touching by the tourists visiting the World UNESCO site.