New Delhi: The marble walls of one of the world’s majestic monuments, Taj Mahal, have started to turn green and black, reportedly due to insect attack. Also Read - Bomb Scare At Taj Mahal: Tourists Evacuated, Monument Shut After Threat Call

An Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) official said that it has become a persistent issue since the bacteria from the filth floating in Yamuna nearby provides a healthy breeding ground for insects. Also Read - International Flights: Agra Tourism Hit by Coronavirus Pandemic, Awaits Air Travel Abroad

According to the ASI, black and green patches have started to appear on the white walls and these patches are actually the excreta of the insects. This can potentially damage the marble surface and the designs on it. Also Read - 10th Century Temple Unearthed During Excavation Near Shree Lingaraj Temple in Odisha's Bhubaneswar

Earlier, Taj Mahal used to suffer from bug attacks only during the months of April and October.

Cleaning and restoration work has now been undertaken by the ASI, whose appointed workers have undertaken the herculean task of scrubbing and washing off the green, black patches.

A senior official said that distilled water is being used for the process. A long-term solution for this could be to clean the Yamuna river, the official hinted.