What’s colour of Taj? Scientific study to find out
AGRA: What’s the colour of the Taj Mahal? While you may have already guessed the answer, the Union culture and environment ministry is not taking any chances. A month after the Supreme Court expressed concern over the change of colour of the iconic Mughal-era monument, Union culture and environment minister Mahesh Sharma said that a scientific study will be conducted to assess the exact colour of the marble of Taj Mahal and its report will be produced in the apex court.
“First it was yellow and now it is becoming brown and green,” a bench comprising Justices M B Lokur and Deepak Gupta had observed on May 1 after the court perused the photographs placed before it by petitioner M C Mehta and asked additional solicitor general A N S Nadkarni, who was representing the government, as to why the colour of Taj Mahal has changed.
5月1日，最高法院法官M B 洛克尔和迪帕克·古普塔在仔细看过请愿者M C梅塔提供的泰姬陵的照片后说，“先是泛黄，现在看起来发绿发棕”，法官要求副检察长N S 纳德卡尔尼代表政府解释泰姬陵的颜色发生变化的原因。
“We don't know whether you have or perhaps don't have the expertise. Even if you have the expertise, you are not utilising it. Or perhaps you don’t care,” the bench had said. “Perhaps we need some expert organisation from outside India unless there is a decision that the Taj has to go,” the bench said sarcastically, adding, “you can get experts from India as well as from outside.”
Speaking at a workshop of stakeholders on issues relating to pollution around Taj Mahal here on Sunday, Sharma said, “We have original photographs of the monument that are over 100 years old and the same will be compared with pictures taken after cleaning of the monument to measure the changes”. The technique, known as colour stereography, uses two almost identical pictures that when viewed through special glasses or a stereoscope form a single three-dimensional image. It allows people to perceive both variations in colour and variations of light.
Sharma said that after this scientific study, there will be a proper document, so that "no one can raise questions on the colour of the 17the century mausoleum or claim that it’s turning yellow or brown".
When asked if the Centre is considering the apex court’s suggestion to involve international experts in the conservation of the Unesco world heritage site, Sharma refused to comment, saying that the matter is sub-judice. He, however, said that the government will put ground realities before the court.
Environmentalist Mehta has filed the plea seeking protection of the Taj from the ill-effects of polluting gases and deforestation in and around the area.
The top court has been monitoring developments in the area to protect the monument, built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal between 1632 and 1653.
Jainti-10 hours ago
Yogi will paint it safferon -BJP/RSS color
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Mohan-8 hours ago-Follow
Just a minute I will ask my small grandson and for sure he will answer it rightly the color of Taj Mahal... Lol...
Siv Sarkar-9 hours ago
Finally it will turn saffron! Lol!
Anurag Lodha-8 hours ago-Follow
Time for Supreme Court to open the hidden chambers of Taj, they will reveal lot of Hindu sculptures of Shiv. As it''s originally a Mandir of Shiv , there is no harm of painting it with Saffron .
Manu-New Delhi-9 hours ago-Follow
These people have nothing constructive to do.
Yogesh-Location-6 hours ago-Follow
Sheer senselessness. Stones can be changed. Plant desi and native trees around Taj Mahal. Remove the illegal colonies around Taj Mahal. Constrct dams and check dams on Yamuna to increase the green area.
Michaelalok-6 hours ago-Follow
AND BJP WILL CHOOSE ITS OWN SAFFRON COLOUR. TRULY, THESE PEOPLE HAVE NOTHING CONSTRUCTIVE TO DO