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Taj Mahal inlay to be protected by glass

Glass covers will be installed in order to preserve the intricate lapiday inlay work of the Taj Mahal’s inner chamber.

Superintending archeologist ASI AR Siddiqui told TOI on Monday the ‘‘operation initially will be limited to a small scale and would be expanded if successful’’. The plan has already been approved by director general ASI K N Shrivastava during a visit in October, he said.

Significantly, sullying of the marble surface by constant human touch and even attempts to deface the exquisite inlay work of precious and semi-precious stones — jade, jasper, turquoise, lapis lazuli, sapphires — have been a source of concern. Though with CSIF men on guard there has been a perceptible drop in numbers, imposing a constant ‘hands off’ on thousand of tourists daily is a near impossibility, officials frankly admit.

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