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Agra: Hot Air ballooning is a new form of adventure sport, which is still in its infancy in India.To promote this sport the city of Agra will host the Taj Balloon Festival.

The three-day festival commenced on Saturday with the participation of 15 different sized hot air balloons.

Out of them, three were by the event organiser Sky Waltz, India’s biggest ever balloon flight company, while other 13 balloons were from various parts of the world including Britain, Brazil, the US and Dubai.

The second day of the festival began with a 45-minute hot air balloon rides, taking off from the ghats of the Yamuna. The setting up of the balloons took about 30 minutes and finally took off at 7:00 am.

The view of the Taj Mahal was not clear due to thick haze. The balloons maintained a height of 300 metres from the ground and flew at an altitude of 1,000 metres.

The monuments were curtained with haze. The balloons ultimately landed on open grounds in the outskirts of the city.

The festival which obtained all clearances from the defence ministry and the Indian Air Force (IAF), since the area around the Taj is a no-fly zone, has been organised in association with the Uttar Pradesh government.

The permission of the event was also taken from the Archaeological Survey of India, Agra district administration and Directorate General of Civil Aviation.

(IANS)

(picture credit:www.ixgo.com)

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Green Activists to Build a Taj Mahal with Plastic Waste in Agra

The Taj city daily generates around a thousand tons of civic garbage, most of it plastic and polythene waste

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Green activists will attempt to construct a Taj Mahal with plastic and polythene waste at the Etmauddaula viewpoint park on the Yamuna river here.

At a workshop here by NGO Unfold Foundation to train activists on making eco-bricks with plastic bottles, members of the River Connect Campaign announced they would work on putting together a model of the Taj Mahal with these building blocks. The efforts could take around six months.

Eco-bricks are made of plastic bottles that are stuffed with polythene bags and sealed.

“This is a highly cost effective waste-control exercise based on common sense. We collect used plastic bottles, pack them with packing material, gutkha pouches and polythene, make the bottles air tight and seal them. The bottles become rock solid and are good enough to last 500 years,” Dr Meeta Kulshreshtha, a surgeon, and coordinator of Unfold Foundation, told IANS.

"Agra gets only a trickle. Since there is no storage facility in Agra, the monsoon water goes waste," river activist Harendra Gupta said.
Taj Mahal(Agra), Pixabay

“If one person can give us one bottle filled with waste material, in one year, we will have 20 lakh such eco-bricks to build any solid structure,” Programme Convener Harvijay Bahia said.

River Connect Campaign member Chaturbhuj Tiwari said: “Every week when we clean a patch of Yamuna riverbed, we gather heaps of polythene and used plastic material. If we can manage to fill all this in plastic bottles and jars, we could not only help solve a major urban problem, but have material ready for a structure to be used by the public. Tree guards, benches and stools are among the products that can be made.”

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The Taj city daily generates around a thousand tons of civic garbage, most of it plastic and polythene waste.

“If each household starts filling up bottles with used polythene bags and sliced plastic, we could easily prevent pollution of rivers and water bodies and also avoid choking of drains and sewer lines,” social activist Shravan Kumar Singh said. (IANS)