The pristinely white epitome of India and Indian heritage, one of the wonder of the world – the Taj Mahal is eventually turning a little green, yellow, brown and black – and the Supreme Court is worried about it.

Known in all over the world as a white benchmark, which can never be remade – ever, the Taj Mahal in Agra is slowly getting dull, thanks to the pollution and the smog. As the Taj is turning green due to algae, yellow due to pollution and brown-black due to smog – the Supreme Court is seeing it red (warning). Today, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) which is responsible for taking care of the Taj Mahal – received heavy reprimand from the Supreme Court. Earlier the apex court of India had expressed worried and urged for taking help from international experts to save the wonder of the world – “without taking money into consideration”.

Despite this, the ASI failed to take appropriate steps to protect and preserve the icon of India, making the situation close to irreversibly damaged. Worrying about the deteriorating condition of the stunning white Taj Mahal, the apex court said that the monument is being affected by insects and algae and asked the authorities about what steps have been taken to stop and prevent this. The ASI authorities had expressed that algae were a “big problem” at the monument built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan for his wife Mumtaz Mahal. Counter-questioning, SC bench asked that how did the algae reach the top parts of the monument and ASI said “It flew there”, after which the court countered: “Can algae fly?”

After the ASI was unable to provide with satisfactory answers, the Supreme Court was unpleased and said that not enough is being done. Every year, the Taj Mahal, draws millions of tourists from across the world and is considered one of the finest examples of Indo-Islamic architecture. And the Supreme Court has strongly suggested the archaeological department to take help from foreign experts and resolve the problem as soon as possible. Because, it is described as “one tear-drop . . . on the cheek of time” and it is the icon for India, the one which cannot be remade.

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