The symbol of enteral love and one of the wonders of World Taj Mahal is in danger. The danger is not visible and it is slowly decaying the majestic monument. The stagnant water of Yamuna near the Taj has been its greatest treat. Once the river has added glory to the beauty of the Taj but now Swarms of bugs called Goeldichironomus are pervading the marble walls of the monument. The result of which greenish black patches are seen on the white walls.
According to a report, the rising pollution in Yamuna is the main reason for the rising bugs. The stagnant water has been reduced to a swamp with heavy algal growth and deposit of phosphorus from ash, which are the primary source of food for this particular species of insect.
However, the State Pollution Control Board, was not ready to admit that the Yamuna could be any threat to the World Heritage site. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has shown concerned over the rising bugs but are helpless in the case. The ASI cannot clean up the Yamuna as it now under their jurisdiction.
The insect attack is largely concentrated within a radius of 500 metres, including the back of the Taj, partially on the sides facing the Mosque and that of Mehmaankhaana. A series of marble panels depicting plant motifs on the walls or reflective tiles used in this part of the monument are getting disfigured by such bug related depositions.
The govt should be more show more aggressive steps to save the medieval white monument otherwise it will be just in book that there was a white Taj Mahal in Agra.