Sunday, October 18, 2009

Trees chopped near the Taj Mahal

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    • At least two dozen full grown trees have been chopped off in the premises of a state-run hotel located near the Taj Mahal, within the eco-sensitive 500 metre zone of the monument.
    • The Supreme Court had in 1996 ordered intensive afforestation around the Taj Mahal to insulate it from air pollution. In the past two decades, vast sums of money [^] have been spent on greening the area around the Taj.
    • A hotel employee said: ‘Foreign tourists were finding it hard to get a clearer glimpse of the Taj Mahal because the trees obstructed the view. So the trees were cut from the top.’