Agra, March 25: To highlight the pollution threat to the Taj Mahal, the 17th century monument of love, environmental activists on Sunday marched along the Yamu river with posters and banners. Activist Devashish Bhattacharya said the “Taj was being continuously sand-blasted in this hot weather as the riverbed had gone dry. “Though the Yogi government has announced a barrage on the Yamu, downstream of the Taj Mahal, no date has been set for laying the foundation stone.”
The protesters said “we want uninterrupted flow of water in the river to ensure that the ambience around the Taj Mahal, the Agra Fort, Itimad-ud-Daula’s Tomb and Ram Bagh was transformed and the air pollution brought down”.
Ranjan Sharma and Shailendra Singh rwaar of the River Connect Campaign told IANS: “We have been holding marches and meetings for the past several years but unfortutely there has not been an inch of movement to reduce air pollution in Agra which has so many world heritage monuments.” (IANS)