The Taj Mahal in danger of collapse

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The Taj Mahal is in danger of collapse.

Certain points about this story — few details and the extreme and sudden nature of the claims — leave me skeptical and wondering if it isn’t merely a ploy for funding.



  • The Taj Mahal will collapse within five years unless urgent action is taken to fix its rotting foundations, campaigners warn.

    The 358-year-old marble mausoleum is India’s most famous tourist attraction, bringing four million visitors a year to the northern city of Agra.

    But the river crucial to its survival is being blighted by pollution, industry and deforestation.

    Campaigners believe the foundations have become brittle and are disintegrating.

  • The Taj Mahal was built by Mogul emperor Shah Jahan, who was grief-stricken by the death of his wife Mumtaz Mahal in childbirth.

    A campaign group of historians, environmentalists and politicians say time is running out to prevent a ‘looming crisis’.

    “If the crisis is not tackled on a war-footing, the Taj Mahal will cave in between two and five years,” the Daily Mail quoted Ramshankar Katheria, the MP for Agra who is leading the campaign, as saying.

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