India’s Taj Mahal is one of the seven wonders of the world. A grand marble mausoleum which was completed in 1653 was already getting yellowish because of acid rain. Acid rain is one of the biggest causes of increasing pollution in the environment.
Over the last few years, these insects have increased and are attracted by the monument. These insects are leaving greenish-black feces, which is in turn discoloring the monument. But it’s not the insects who should be blamed. It’s the increasing pollution in the River Yamuna due to the constant dumping of solid and liquid municipal waste. This waste is increasing the algal growth and phosphorus and that’s the primary food of these insects.
We are trying to clean it with water. But cleaning the Taj Mahal with water will not solve the problem. We know where and how these insects grow, so if we solve the problem at the basic level, we can stop them from growing in numbers and there will be no marks on the Taj.