New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has asked the Centre to respond to the plea of an environment enthusiast alleging that large scale burning of municipal solid waste in Agra was turning the Taj Mahal yellow. The green panel also restrained civic authorities from burning municipal solid waste and other waste in open in Agra and the areas around the eco-sensitive Taj Trapezium Zone.
A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar issued notices to Ministry of Environment and Forests, Ministry of Urban Development, Uttar Pradesh government, Central Pollution Control Board and others while seeking their reply in two weeks. The order came on a plea filed by Agra resident and green activist D K Joshi, who claimed a joint study by IIT-Kanpur, Georgia Institute of Technology and University of Wisconsin had revealed that ‘brown and black carbons along with dust’ were responsible for giving yellow tinge to the 17th century white marble monument. The plea contends that civic bodies in Agra were blatantly violating Solid Waste Management Rules as more than 2000 metric tonnes of solid waste per day was being dumped in various part of the city besides plastic waste.PTI
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