Heavy showers wash Taj, lash Agra

August 5th, 2008 - 6:54 pm ICT by IANS  

Agra, Aug 5(IANS) Continuous rain for the past fortnight in and around Agra has brought cheer as well as despair to the citizens and tourists here. The welcome change, of course, is the rain washed Taj Mahal against a lush green backdrop with the waters of the Yamuna flowing in full spate.

“The dry Yamuna presented such a pathetic and deplorable scene that people often would ask us why Shah Jahan chose this site to build such a monument, but right now the river is full and flowing majestically,” said tourist guide Manu.

The showers have also eased the pressure on the water and power supply departments but the Agra Municipal Corporation has come under fire for its failure to keep the city drains clear of debris.

Low-lying areas of the city have remained water-logged for a week. The city’s lifeline MG Road was under water at four different points Tuesday after a spell of heavy showers.

The Shiva fair on the Delhi-Agra highway was affected after a sudden downpour Monday night. The pilgrims were stranded for hours.

Heavy showers in Mathura, Vrindavan and Goverdhan also affected movement of pilgrims.

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