Thunderstorm in Agra Damages Structures in Taj Mahal Premises

The 124 km per hour velocity storm ravaged several structures and also damaged greenery in the monument’s complex.

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Gusty wind with heavy showers that lashed Agra Friday evening, 29 May, left behind a trail of destruction in the city. Some minor structures in the Taj Mahal were also damaged.

“Thunderstorm in the city damaged Taj Mahal's wooden gate, marble railing and 2 red sandstone meshes. Ticket area and pivot stone on western entry gate were also damaged. Many trees were uprooted,” Vasant Swarnkar, Superintending Archaeologist, Archaeological Survey of India, told ANI

A part of the iron scaffolding that was being used for the mud pack treatment of the 17th century monument also came crashing down according to IANS.

A red sand stoned "jaalidaar" boundary was also damaged at the rear, overlooking the Yamuna river. It fell on the Chameli Farsh down below, IANS reported.


At the main western gate entrance a stone supporting the arch was loosened, but was restored by on Saturday. The visitors' gallery at the eastern gate also suffered some damage, particularly the artificial ceiling in the security area.

The 124 km per hour velocity storm ravaged several structures in the city, and caused extensive damage to greenery in the monument's complex.

The Taj Mahal is closed for visitors due to the lockdown. Conservationists of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) could not be contacted for an official version on the extent of the damage.

(With inputs from ANI and IANS.)

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