Uttar Pradesh, 6 Oct: First time in the history, the dome of the monument of love Taj Mahal will be covered with mud for a whole year.
The news might be shocking for the tourists but the move is being taken for removing the yellowness from the white marble of the dome.
The mud-pack therapy involving iron scaffolding all around the main dome will be applied on the marble for a year.
Archaeological Survey of India’s science branch is conducting the therapy after taking a no-objection certificate from its civil department.
Observing that the cleaning of the main dome is part of a conservation plan submitted to the Parliamentary standing committee on environment, which had raised serious objections over black and yellow spots on the marble surface, especially the minarets, during an inspection in April last year.
A senior ASI official informed that conservation work on three minarets, out of the four in all, has been done. “Soon, after work on the fourth minaret, we will start with the main structure. At present, therapy on the facade is going on. We will try and start the work by April next year,” he added.
The monument’s surface is covered with a 2-mm thick layer of Fuller’s earth and when it dries, the flakes are removed from the surface with soft nylon brushes and washed with distilled water to remove impurities sticking to the surface.