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).
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).