One of the best monuments of the Mughal emperor to his beloved wife is attracting visitors from all over the world. And, this is one of the seven wonders of the world. Taj Mahal constructed by Shah Jahan is being affected by honey bees and it is creating a major drawback in losing its shine and also creating a threat to visitors.
Honey bees at the iconic Taj Mahal and other historical monuments in the city continue to alarm tourists. Though many complaints have been lodged by the visitors in the past, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has not taken the threat seriously, according to the tourist guides.
ASI sources said that a proposal with estimates of expenditure is pending at the headquarters for some months.
A local resident has even complained to the Ministry of Culture, demanding the immediate removal of beehives at the Taj which poses a threat to the safety of tourists.
Tourist guide Ved Gautam told some news agency that beehives have always been there but precautionary measures were taken to ensure the safety of the visitors.
The one at the Mehmankhana (guest house) on the east side of Taj Mahal has always been there, as also the one at the entrance gate of Akbar's tomb, Gautam said.
Old-timers recalled several attacks by bees, which caused panic. Only last year, bees attacked visitors at the royal gate entrance to the Taj Mahal.
"Bees attack only when there is serious provocation from someone. In normal circumstances, they mind their own business," a retired ASI staffer said.
Not just bees, dogs and monkeys also continue to be a major nuisance at the Taj. A few days ago, photos of stray dogs loitering in the Taj were widely circulated on social media. Last year, there was a huge controversy over some CISF personnel being given catapult training to shoo away the simians.
So, we request major steps to be taken to eradicate the damage that is causing by honey bees to Taj Mahal resulting in safe tourism.
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