Parts of the iconic Taj Mahal complex, including some gates and marble railing, were damaged after a thunderstorm swept Agra on Friday night.
Basant Kumar Swarnkar, Superintendent Archaeologist, Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), said, “There has been damage to the ticket area at the western gate and frisking gates. Several trees have been uprooted. Part of the marble railing at the back of the main mausoleum towards river Yamuna fell and two panels of red sandstone railings also suffered damage. About ten trees on Taj Mahal premises were also uprooted.” Kumar added that there was no damage to the main structure of the monument.
As per reports, the thunderstorm and lightening on Friday killed at least 13 people from two districts of Uttar Pradesh.