History & Culture

Taj dome to be covered for a year for repairs

AGRA: After the yellowing marble of the main dome of the Taj Mahal attracted global media attention, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has decided to apply the “mud pack therapy” on the spherical dome.

While the ASI believes the therapy would produce desired results, the local tourism industry is not at all happy as tourism is likely to be severely hit, reports India Today.

According to the ASI, the scaffolding around the main dome of Taj Mahal will remain in place for almost a year and with the tourism season almost round the corner, the industry majors are voicing their concerns over the negative effect of the ugly-looking scaffolding.

Talking to India Today, Vishal Sharma, Secretary of the Agra Tourist Welfare Chamber, said that the Taj Mahal is one of the most picturesque monuments in India and if the entire main dome is covered in scaffolding, the monument’s beauty will be severely tarnished.
He said it will create a negative impact on the tourists who arrive in Agra to have their pictures taken with the Taj Mahal in the background.

Sharma said if the ASI decides to go on with this mud pack therapy during peak tourism season, it could destroy this year’s tourism business and would hit the industry hard. He said thousands of families in Agra were dependent on the business generated by the tourists and all these families will be affected by this ugly spectacle.

He urged the ASI officials to reconsider their timetable for this therapy and postpone it till the end of the current tourism season.