358 year old Taj Mahal in danger of collapsing within 5 years
London, Oct 5 (ANI): The Taj Mahal will collapse within five years unless urgent action is taken to fix its rotting foundations, campaigners warn.
The 358-year-old marble mausoleum is India’s most famous tourist attraction, bringing four million visitors a year to the northern city of Agra.
But the river crucial to its survival is being blighted by pollution, industry and deforestation.
Campaigners believe the foundations have become brittle and are disintegrating.
Cracks appeared last year in parts of the tomb, and the four minarets, which surround the monument, are showing signs of tilting.
The Taj Mahal was built by Mogul emperor Shah Jahan, who was grief-stricken by the death of his wife Mumtaz Mahal in childbirth.