India government is 'failing' to protect Taj Mahal

Agra PTI

Agra PTI

Describing as a "hopeless cause" the protection of the Taj Mahal, the Supreme Court today tore into the central and Uttar Pradesh governments for what it called their "lethargy" and said: "Either we will shut down the Taj or you demolish or restore it".

"There is absolutely no willingness to protect the Taj Mahal". The court ordered to find the source of pollution in and around Taj Mahal in Agra by forming a special committee and suggest measures to prevent it. The Supreme Court had earlier this year blamed the Archeological Survey of India for its failure to take appropriate steps to protect and preserve the iconic monument built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. The Supreme Court orders the government to furnish full details of the steps being taken and action required for protecting the monument.

On behalf of the Centre, it was submitted that the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, was assessing air pollution level in and around the monument and will give its report in four months. Taj Mahal has to be protected.

The Uttar Pradesh government had earlier told the bench that it would place before the court a draft of vision document on protection and preservation of the Taj Mahal but it has failed to do so even after more than six months. "Our Taj is more lovely".

"Eighty million go to watch Eiffel Tower which looks like a TV Tower".

In May this year, the court had already instructed the government to seek foreign help to fix the "worrying change in colour" of the marble structure. The court has now said that it will begin daily hearing in the matter starting July 31.

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