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Experts study tilt in Taj's minarets

July 20, 2007 16:27 IST

Following reports that there has been some inclination in the Taj Mahal's minarets, a team of experts from Roorkee's Central Building Research Institute has made an on-spot study and will submit its report to the Archaeological Survey of India.

The team studied for two days till Thursday the inclination of the four minarets of the 17th century monument of love that was voted earlier this month as one of the new seven wonders of the world.

It will soon submit its report to the ASI.

Sources in the ASI said the examination followed a similar examination earlier.

The inclination in the minarets was first detected in 1940. A survey conducted in 1965 showed the south-eastern minarets tilted the most.

A local historian Ram Nath has been maintaining the inclination is the result of receding waters of the Jamuna.

According to him, weight of water-lapping against the lower walls of the monument acts as a ballast to keep it standing upright.

However, other historians say the inclination is either due to a structural defect or a purposely devised feature to withstand earthquakes.

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