As Northern India battles catastrophic levels of pollution, the Agra District Administration has called for immediate measures to save the iconic Taj Mahal. The state authorities have installed two air purifier machines at the gates of the Mughal era monument to combat air pollution in the region.
The air purifier van is deployed by Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) and it has the capacity to purify 15 lakh cubric metre air in eight hours within a 300 metre radius. Pollution around the white marble monument has been a concern for a long time as it has been damaging the mausoleum and also changing the colour of its marble. Sharing details of the initiative, RK Rathi, Executive Engineer, Agra Municipal Corporation said, “An agency has been directed to do mechanised cleaning as well as deploy two air purifying machines at the gates of Taj Mahal. We are taking these measures to combat air pollution and provide relief to large number of tourists who visit here every day”.
The northern plains of the country have been in the grip of hazardous air quality since last few days, mainly due to bursting of crackers during Diwali and stubble burning.