The Taj Mahal belongs Wonder of the world section. Is it losing its uniqueness and charm? Pollution in the vicinity of the Taj Mahal is a concern. Many are concerned that the Taj Mahal is already losing its color and splendor due to air pollution.
Environmental activist Lizzie Priya, 10, recently expressed concern over the recent rise in plastic pollution in the vicinity of the Taj Mahal. She took a photo around the Taj Mahal to look at the infamous plastic trash. In it she was standing next to that rubbish holding a placard. She tweeted this photo.
Behind the beauty of Taj Mahal! Thanks humans. 😞— Licypriya Kangujam (@LicypriyaK) June 21, 2022
You might be witnessing this scene when you visit the Taj Mahal. You may say it’s very polluted but your 1 piece of polythene bag, one simple plastics water bottle led this situation when millions of people visit every year. pic.twitter.com/KriVT1ewvk
The plastic pollution behind the beauty of the Taj Mahal is written on the placard. Thank you all human beings .. You may say it is very contaminated but a polythene bag you dropped, a bottle of water caused this situation, ”she wrote in a tweet. This tweet is now going viral. It looks like the issue of environmental pollution around the Taj is deep-rooted and requires a lot of planning on multiple levels.
Plastic pollution is affecting the Taj Mahal. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is known to be Asia’s second most visited tourist place, post-Angkor Wat, in Cambodia. However, it is situated in the 8th most polluted city on the entire globe. Back in the 1980s, a petition was filed in the Supreme Court as to how the ivory-white marble of the monument was turning yellow. It was in 2018 when India became the global host of the UN-backed World Environment Day whose theme was, “Beat Plastic Pollution”.
The Delhi government is going to be strict in this matter now as plastic pollution is creating havoc in the national Capital as well. The Delhi Environment Department will run a campaign to ensure compliance with the ban on 19 identified single-use plastic (SUP) items starting July 1 and close down all manufacturers, suppliers, stockists, dealers and sellers found violating the orders, officials have said. The identified SUP items include earbuds, plastic sticks for balloons, flags, candy sticks, ice-cream sticks, polystyrene (thermocol), plates, cups, glasses, forks, spoons, knives, straws, trays, wrapping or packaging films around sweets boxes, invitation cards, cigarette packets, plastic or PVC banners less than 100 microns, and stirrers.
“We have issued strict directions to manufacturers, stockists, suppliers, and distributors of single-use plastic items to ensure zero inventory of the 19 SUP items. Within the first week of July, those who do not maintain a zero inventory will be shut down,” a senior government official said. Regular inspections will be conducted to ascertain compliance by manufacturers, brand owners, suppliers, and stockists registered with the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC), he said, adding the government will ensure strict enforcement.
Industrial areas and redevelopment areas are being inspected to identify and shut down units manufacturing SUP items illegally, officials said. The DPCC has also asked the Sriram Institute of Industrial Research to conduct a survey to identify littering hotspots and quantify plastic waste generation in the city as it inches close to the June 30 deadline for phasing out of 19 SUP items.
The survey will cover all 11 districts in Delhi and will have to be completed within four months, an official said. The institute has been tasked with surveying all renowned, major commercial establishments, malls, marketplaces, shopping centers, cinema houses, restaurants, tourist locations, places of worship, colleges, schools, office complexes, hospitals, and other institutions.
It will have to prepare an inventory of stockists, retailers, sellers, street vendors, vegetable and fruit markets, and importers dealing in bulk in SUP items and conduct district-wise mapping of generation, collection, and processing of plastic waste, and identify producers engaged in their production in the informal sector. The official said the government will organize a three-day fair from July 1 to promote alternatives to SUP items.