Authorities have made various attempts in the past to keep the area around the Taj Mahal pollution free, including setting up an air pollution monitoring station in Agra.
In a new initiative being undertaken by the Uttar Pradesh Forest Department and the Lucknow-based Organic India, a million tulsi saplings will be planted near the Taj Mahal.
Tulsi, a medicinal plant known for its medicinal qualities will help protect the marble mausoleum from pollution free. Tulsi is one of the best plants to purify the environment.
It cleanses as it releases high amounts of oxygen, which minimises the adverse impact of industrial and refinery emission.
Zonal Forest Conservator R P Bharti said planting had been taken up on a big scale.
The monument, in the northern city of Agra about four hours drive south of the capital, was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan as a mausoleum for his wife Mumtaz Mahal.
The monument attarcts around 20,000 visitors every day. The monument was completed in 1648 after 17 years of construction by 20,000 workers.&13;&13;
OneIndia News (With inputs from Agencies)