India: Pollution could deface monuments — Hindu com

Combined assault of severe air pollution and acid rain could destroy facade of buildings, say experts

Humayun Tomb

Structural damage to the Taj Mahal’s white surface is more visible, unlike the damage done to the surface of Humayun’s Tomb (in picture) or the Parliament.Photo: Sushil Kumar Verma

They may have stood the test of time, but Delhi’s monuments could now be affected by the city’s highly polluted air.

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However, a section of experts say that Delhi’s monuments, which are mostly built with long-lasting materials, cannot be eroded just by air pollution alone.

“It is the limestone structures of Europe that are susceptible to damage from air pollution. In Delhi, the monuments, including Humayun’s Tomb, are built to last,” said Ratish Nanda, a conservation architect and the projects director for the Aga Khan Trust for Culture.

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