Burning Of Cow Dung Cakes Near Taj Mahal Banned

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  • Amid concerns over Taj Mahal turning yellow due to increasing pollution, the district administration has banned burning of cow dung cakes in the city
  • A recent study published in an American journal says that due to brown and black carbon particles, the white marble of the Taj Mahal is turning yellow.
  • Pradeep Bhatnagar, Agra Divisional Commissioner, who is also Taj Trapezium Zone Chairman said: Taking note of this, we have banned burning of cow dung cakes, used for cooking purposes in the city.
  • Cow dung cakes are being used as fuel by poor people.
  • The other major concern is use of over 4,000 diesel-run trucks and tempos that have been told to switch to CNG by mid-2015.
  • Black carbon soot generated by use of cow dung, coal and vehicular pollution is said to be the main cause behind major pollution in Agra that has started showing its impact on the “monument of love”
  • Taj Mahal is visited by lakhs of domestic and foreign tourists round the year.
  • Carbon particles that get deposited on Taj Mahal do not easily get washed away in rain.
  • It is difficult to erect scaffolds around the Taj Mahal to treat the monument chemically.
  • Therefore, there is no other option but to take these important initiatives.
  • The Agra Nagar Nigam has been asked to severely penalise those who flout the ban aimed at protecting the UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • The government is also planning a special drive to distribute LPG connections to the poor who will be affected by the ban.
  • Parliamentary Standing Committee on Science and Technology, Environment and Forests took cognisance of the report last week and decided to take up damage-control work on priority basis.