A Chennai-based tourist was injured on Monday when a stone from one of the Taj Mahal’s minarets fell on his head.
Nisar Ahmed, who works in a software company in Paris, was visiting the monument with his family when a stone from the south-western minaret, on which renovation work was going on, fell on his head leaving him injured. He was rushed to a nearby hospital where doctors discharged him after first aid.
This is the third case in a year when a portion of the Taj Mahal has fallen off while renovation work by the Archaeological Survey of India is going on.
Conservation skills of the ASI came under fire after a huge chandelier of copper and bronze, gifted by Lord Curzon in 1909 and hung at the royal gate of the Taj Mahal, fell on the ground in August last year, damaging it. However, no tourists were hurt.
In March this year, a pinnacle of one of the four minarets of the Taj Mahal fell off during repair work. Officials later clarified that it was came out because of its weak condition.
In May 2016, three tourists including two women from Jharkhand sustained injuries after a 12-feet branch of a tree weighing more than 100 kg fell on them close to the Taj Mahal’s shoe stand.