Restore Taj Mahal or demolish it, SC tells government

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 11, 2018

The bench observed, "There is absolutely no willingness to protect the Taj Mahal".

India's Supreme Court has criticised the government for what it calls a "failure" to protect the Taj Mahal. The apex court also expressed anguish over the Uttar Pradesh government failure to come out with a vision document to preserve and 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 orders the government to furnish full details of the steps being taken and action required for protecting the monument.

A bench of Justice Madan B. Lokur and Justice Deepak was upset with the authorities for not taking any step to preserve the Taj Mahal and said its "sheer lethargy" on the part of the authorities. Taj Mahal has to be protected.

The committee will submit its report in four months time, the Centre told SC.

The Supreme Court was hearing a petition that calls for proper maintenance of the Taj, a 16th century marble mausoleum that draws thousands of tourists from India and overseas each year and is a must-see on the itinerary of most dignitaries. If you had looked after it your foreign exchange problem would have been solved. "If you had looked after it your foreign exchange problem would have been solved", said the judges.

The Uttar Pradesh government had said it was also trying to take care of the environment around the structure so that the historic monument could be there for another 400 years and not just for a generation.

The Supreme Court declared it would hear the matter daily from July 31, in further indication of the seriousness it attaches to the Taj's preservation.

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