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One of the world's most famous buildings - visited by world leaders, royalty and Hollywood stars - is turning a sludgy yellow-brown colour, prompting calls for urgent action.
The Taj Mahal, India's biggest attraction, is being badly affected by pollution which has caused the 400-year-old monument's white marble to become discoloured.
Judges - Ministers - Building - Smog - Industries
Now Indian judges have told ministers more must be done to protect the iconic building from the smog coming from polluting industries nearby, which conservationists have long fought to close.
India’s Supreme Court demanded a detailed plan to protect the historic site, warning the state government’s ad hoc approach was putting it in jeopardy.
Judges - State - Government - Uttar - Pradesh
Judges told the state government of Uttar Pradesh to produce a ‘vision document’ outlining its plan for protecting the wonder of the world, which must be published within a month.
But years of interventions - including using mudpacks to draw the stain from the stone - have failed to arrest the slow decay of the iconic building.
Court - Concern - Flurry - Activities - Buffer
In particular the court expressed concern about a ‘sudden flurry of activities’ in the buffer zone around the monument which was intended to protect it from pollution.
‘Leather industries and hotels are coming up there. Why?’ the court asked.
State - Government - Court
The state government was also told to notify the court...
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