The central and state governments spend crores annually to protect the Taj Mahal from becoming yellow due to air pollution. Despite the efforts, the governments are unable to protect the white monument from the smoke of the chulhas (earthen stove) that burn in the villages around the Taj.
Although there is a complete ban on burning coal or wood in the Taj Trepezium Zone (TTZ), both these fuels are openly used in the villages spread within a two-kilometre radius of the Taj Mahal.
The local administration identified 1,350 such families couple of years ago who were still burning coal or wood in earthen stoves to cook food.
By June, 2018, there were 500 families in these villages that were yet to receive a gas connection. Read More
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