A high-level, inter-ministerial meeting was held in New Delhi to discuss measures that would need to be taken to preserve the Taj Mahal and overcome air and water pollution in and around the structure.
The central government decided to adopt several measures such as popularising the use of biofuels and other green fuels and electric vehicles; introduction of an ‘ethanol policy’, which includes conversion of biomass into renewable ethanol during the crop-burning season; and the use of ethanol to run auto rickshaws. They also discussed ways to clean the Yamuna River. The meeting was held days after the Supreme Court criticised the government for not acting fast enough to protect the marble monument.
A committee to address the matter of industrial pollution affecting the Taj Mahal has also been set up. It comprises of officials of the environment ministry and experts from the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) and the Indian Institutes
of Technology (IITs) and is led by CK Mishra, the secretary of the ministry of environment, forest and climate change.
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