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Describe the threat to the beauty of the Taj Mahal.

Describe the threat to the beauty of the Taj Mahal.

Grade:12

1 Answers

Anand Kumar Pandey
askIITians Faculty 5778 Points
4 months ago
Dear Student

Over the past 2 decades, India's most famous tourist attraction Taj Mahal located at Agra, has become a matter of concern. Experts have warned that air pollution is discolouring its white marble.
So it is not only living organisms that get affected by polluted air but are also the non-living things like buildings, monuments and statues.
The industries located in and around Agra like rubber processing, automobiles, chemicals and especially, the Mathura Oil Refinery have been responsible for producing pollutants like sulphur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide. These gases react with the water vapour present in the atmosphere to form sulphuric acid and nitric acid. These come down with the rain, making the rain acidic. This is called acid rain. Acid rain has resulted in corrosion of the marble of the monument. The phenomenon is also called Marble cancer. Suspended particulate matter, such as the soot particles emitted by the Mathura Oil Refinery, have contributed to the yellowing of the marble.
The Supreme Court has taken steps to save the Taj. It has ordered the industries to switch to cleaner fuels like CNG ( Compressed Natural Gas) and LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas). Moreover, the automobiles should switch over to unleaded petrol in the Taj zone.

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