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- Issue: Burning of municipal solid waste in the vicinity of the iconic Taj Mahal is significantly contributing to the discolouring of the world heritage monument.
- Airborne particulate matter in cities poses a range of problems, including degradation in air quality leading to health concerns and also the discolouration of ancient buildings.
- Other steps taken in Agra to protect the Taj Mahal: restricting vehicles near the complex, requiring iron foundries to install scrubbers and filters on their smokestacks;
- Prohibiting new polluting enterprises from being built in buffer zone around the mausoleum, and — most recently — banning the burning of cow dung cake as cooking fuel.