Agra admin springs into action after 10-year-old shows pollution around Taj Mahal
The Agra Municipal Corporation on Thursday imposed a fine of Rs 1 lakh on a sanitation company for failing to maintain the area around the Taj Mahal. This comes after Licipriya Kangujam, the 10-year-old Manipuri girl who claims to be a climate activist tweeted a photo of the Taj Mahal's backside littered with plastic waste.
Environmental activists all over the world responded to Licipirya's earlier tweet and criticised India's poor record in controlling the production and use of single-use plastics.
However, the tweet had a positive effect on the officials in Agra. The Agra Divisional Commissioner held a meeting with the concerned officials and demanded to know the reality behind the photo taken behind the Taj Mahal.
The Agra Municipal Corporation tweeted that whenever the water level in the Yamuna decreases, the plastic waste flowing in the river from the cities lying upstream collects on one side of the river. It said they conduct regular cleanup of the riverside and the plastic waste shown in Licypriya's picture was picked up by the corporation's crew on the same day.
Agra Tourist Welfare Chamber secretary Vishal Sharma also reacted to Licipriya's tweet and said the picture appears to have been taken on May 27. He added that despite what the Agra Municipal Corporation claims, it is a fact that the rear side of the Taj Mahal is an "absolute mess".
Meanwhile, Samajwadi Party leader Manish Jagan Agrawal got trolled on social media after he called the Manipuri girl a foreigner. Licypriya responded to Agrawal's tweet and called herself a "proud Indian who represented India eight times at the UN".