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India's top court demands answers on Taj Mahal protection efforts

India's top court demanded a detailed plan for the future of the Taj Mahal on Thursday, warning the state government's "ad hoc" approach jeopardised the centuries-old monument to love. Smog has been slowly yellowing the Taj's brilliant marble and conservationists have long fought to close polluting industries near the 17th-century icon. But years of interventions -- including using mudpacks to draw the stain from the stone -- have failed to arrest the slow decay of India's biggest attraction.
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