Either restore Taj Mahal or demolish it: Supreme Court to government

Evarado Alatorre
Julio 11, 2018

"There is absolutely no willingness to protect the Taj Mahal". India's top court has on Wednesday, July 11, flayed the federal government for a second time within weeks for lethargy in taking steps to protect the Taj Mahal, the shining white monument to love. It said a special committee has been set up to find the source of pollution in the area. The Supreme Court orders the government to furnish full details of the steps being taken and action required for protecting the monument.

Justices M.B. Lokur and Deepak Gupta said no concrete steps had been taken by the government despite a parliamentary committee recommending steps on the monument's protection, the Press Trust of India news agency said. Taj Mahal has to be protected.

The Centre told the Supreme Court that IIT Kanpur was assessing air pollution level in and around Taj Mahal and will give its report in four months. If you had looked after it your foreign exchange problem would have been solved.

The court comments came in response to a petition citing concerns about the impact of pollution on the 17th Century monument. If you had looked after it your foreign exchange problem would have been solved. "Do you realise the loss cost to the country due to your apathy?"

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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 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 bench said it will hear the matter on day-to-day basis from 31 July.

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