Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

SC slams Centre for lethargy in protecting Taj Mahal

SC slams Centre for lethargy in protecting Taj Mahal

The apex court was upset with the Uttar Pradesh government that had failed to come out with a vision document to protect the Taj Mahal.

It said, 'You can shut down the Taj.

You start shutting them down", the bench said, adding, "Charity begins at home. "Taj Mahal has to be protected or the Government of India has to decide if it has to be demolished".

The Taj Mahal draws thousands of tourists from India and overseas each year.

Eighty million people visit the Eiffel tower, which looks like a TV tower. Drawing parallel with Paris' Eiffel Tower, the SC said it remained preserved despite attracting eight time more tourists in comparison to the Taj.

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The top court has been monitoring developments in the area to protect the monument which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Supreme Court slammed both the federal and Uttar Pradesh state governments on Wednesday for failing to tackle the 17th century monument's deterioration, the Times of India reports.

Terming their inability to protect the iconic Taj Mahal as a 'hopeless cause, ' a bench of Justices Deepak Gupta and Madan B Lokur said that it was a "sheer lethargy" on the part of the authorities. Our Taj Mahal is more attractive. It is the biggest draw for tourists in India. At every place (in foreign cities), you have towers to have a bird's eye view of the city.

Additionally, clusters of tiny insects that bred in the garbage-choked Yamuna River that lies beside the Taj had also infested the monument, their corrosive excrement further staining its marble.

Also, the chairman of the Taj Trapezium Zone (TTZ) was to explain the violation of the court's ban on the expansion of industrial units in the zone. The Court was hearing the petition regarding the proper maintenance of Taj Mahal in the presence of high-level pollution in Agra. The court, which said the issue had dragged on for too long with too few clear plans of action, said the case will now be heard on a day-to-day basis as of July 31.

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