The Taj Trapezium Zone (TTZ) authority has banned diesel and petrol vehicles within 500 meters of Taj Mahal. In a written reply, the Union Environment Minister, Harsh Vardhan, said that a study showed that the white marbles used to build the monument was turning yellow due to carbon.
Also, the TTZ, taking the issue seriously, asked the light vehicles used in and around the Taj Mahal to switch to CNG.
The Minister said, "The Taj Trapezium Zone Authority has banned petrol and diesel vehicles within 500 meters of the Taj Mahal. It has passed orders for conversion of the light petrol and diesel vehicles operating around the Taj into CNG."
Harsh Vardhan said every step towards the implementation of the rule is being enforced, including the issuance of challan to those vehicles defying the order.
The Taj Mahal turning yellow has been an issue for several years. The move to ban vehicles seems to be a good idea to start off with, but 500 meters is hardly any distance when it comes to air pollution. The government and the TTZ need to come up with a permanent solution to safeguard such a monumental structure.