India's monumental task to clean Taj Mahal

India's Supreme Court threatens to shutter pollution-hit Unesco heritage site

Workers cleaning the fountain in the historic Taj Mahal complex in Agra, India. Garbage littering the banks of the Yamuna River (below) which flows alongside the Taj Mahal. Experts say it is crucial to restore the river because the "entire Taj Mahal
Workers cleaning the fountain in the historic Taj Mahal complex in Agra, India. Garbage littering the banks of the Yamuna River which flows alongside the Taj Mahal. Experts say it is crucial to restore the river because the "entire Taj Mahal complex was built on the path of the Yamuna. It controls dust pollution, adds to visual beauty and buttresses the weight of the Taj Mahal".PHOTOS: REUTERS
Workers cleaning the fountain in the historic Taj Mahal complex in Agra, India. Garbage littering the banks of the Yamuna River (below) which flows alongside the Taj Mahal. Experts say it is crucial to restore the river because the "entire Taj Mahal
Workers cleaning the fountain in the historic Taj Mahal complex in Agra, India. Garbage littering the banks of the Yamuna River (above) which flows alongside the Taj Mahal. Experts say it is crucial to restore the river because the "entire Taj Mahal complex was built on the path of the Yamuna. It controls dust pollution, adds to visual beauty and buttresses the weight of the Taj Mahal".PHOTOS: REUTERS

The Taj Mahal is easily India's most recognisable monument, rising above the crowded urban landscape of the city of Agra .

But the 17th-century structure has been losing its sparkle and this is alarming the Supreme Court.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 22, 2018, with the headline 'Monumental task to clean Taj Mahal'. Print Edition | Subscribe