Agra

Overview

Agra lies on the banks of river Yamuna in Uttar Pradesh and is known for the Taj Mahal – a UNESCO World Heritage site, which attracts ~8 million tourists every year. With an estimated population of 1.7 million, Agra is one of the most populous cities in Uttar Pradesh, and the 19th most populous in India (2013). Tourism, handicrafts, agriculture and manufacturing make up Agra’s economy. Agra has a thriving small scale industry sector connected to leather goods and iron foundries. The delicate inlay and carving work in white marble of the Taj Mahal started getting affected by the rising air pollution levels in Agra. In response in year 2000 the Supreme Court mandated that a “safe” zone of 50 kms around the monument – or the Taj Trapezium Zone (TTZ) – be free of polluting industry and diesel vehicles. This has had scant impact on the pollution levels in the city in general as Agra ranked 4th most polluted city in 2016. The severe pollution is affecting tourism – both for visibility and health reasons.

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