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Apr 26, 2007 at 10:57am IST

Golden Temple: Smog's next casualty?

Amritsar (Punjab): The Golden Temple-- a most revered shrine for the Sikh community in the country is losing its polish. Yes according to a report, the 24 carat gold that covers the roof of the sanctum sanctorum is becoming a copper shade because of pollution.

Says PPCB Executive Engineer, G S Majitha, "The concentration of Nitrogen Oxide varies from 28 to 46 microgram per cubic meter, which is beyond the permissible limit of 30 microgram per cubic meter."

Smoke from vehicular traffic, hotels and small industrial units could be the culprit.

The Pollution Control Board has installed equipment that monitors the level of pollution around the temple. In addition to that, authorities have also decided to increase the green cover to slow down the damage to the temple building.

Says Deputy Commissioner IAS, K S Pannu, "We will plant some 1,000 trees around the temple in July."

Pollution levels in Indian cities have already taken their toll on other heritage buildings and archaeological sites. The Taj Mahal being the most infamous example.

The moot question now is, 'are the measures taken to control local pollution sufficient to restore the golden glory'?