High-level Inter-ministerial meeting held to deliberate on issues of pollution affecting Taj Mahal

A High-level Inter-ministerial meeting was held on July 16, 2018 in New Delhi to deliberate on various issues and actions to be taken to conserve The Taj Mahal. The meeting focussed on action points needed to overcome Air and Water pollution in and around the Taj Mahal.

The meeting was chaired by Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping & Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation, Nitin Gadkari and was attended by Environment Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan. The Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath also attended the meeting.

Key Highlights:-

1. The Inter-ministerial panel took serious cognizance of the observations made by the Supreme Court on Taj conservation and will take every possible step to deal with Air and Water pollution.
2. An ethanol policy will be introduced for Agra which will include conversion of biomass to ethanol during the crop burning season.
3. The government will soon file an affidavit in the Supreme Court putting forward all the steps and actions taken up by the Government to conserve Taj Mahal.
4. To deal with air pollution, the use of biofuel, green fuel, and electric vehicles will be popularised in Agra.
5. Some of the measures that will be taken up to deal with Water pollution in the Yamuna include afforestation along the Yamuna, construction of rubber dam, solid waste management, developing a 35 KM long garden along the waterfront of Yamuna in Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Delhi.

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