Wonder herb ‘Tulsi´ known for its medicinal utilities will now now help protect the Taj Mahal against the ill-effects of environmental pollution.
In a joint exercise being undertaken by the Uttar Pradesh Forest Department and Lucknow-based Organic India Private Ltd, one million Tulsi saplings would be planted in the vicinity of the Monument of Love.
Speaking to PTI, company MD and global CEO Krishan Gupta said, “Till now, nearly 20,000 tulsi saplings were planted. Saplings will be planted in nature parks near Taj Mahal and throughout Agra.”
On being asked why Tulsi was chosen, Gupta said, “It is one of the best plants which purifies the environment. Its cleansing action is due to its property to release high amount of oxygen, which minimises the adverse impact of industrial and refinery emission.”
Apart from Tulsi, Neem and Peepal can also help in conserving monuments.
Superintending Archaeologist Devkinandan Dimri said, “Tulsi can certainly help in reducing air pollution due to its oxygen releasing property and can help in checking the pollution at the periphery of the monument. By purifying the air, Tulsi can certainly minimise the impact of industrial and refinery emission.”