taj mahal

  • Taj Mahal in Agra was “turning green” due to an attack of insects.

  • The structure was developing greenish-black patches on several parts as a result of the release of faeces and dirt by an insect identified as the Geoldichironomus (Chironomus calligraphus).

Route cause

  • The rising pollution levels of the Yamuna, led to an explosive breeding of the insect in the river.

  • The dumping of waste in the Yamuna led to the stagnation of the river and the consequent explosive breeding of the insect

About Taj Mahal

  • Built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, the grandson of Akbar, in memory of his queen Mumtaz Mahal (Arjumand Bano Begum) it is one amongst the World’s Wonders

  • The white marble structure is known world over for its splendour and intricate designs.

  • It is one amongst the UNESCO World Heritage Sites (Cultural site).