SC pulls up Centre, UP govt for lethargy in protecting Taj Mahal

Either preserve Taj Mahal or demolish it else we will shut it down SC lashes out at government

Either restore Taj Mahal or demolish it: Supreme Court to government | The Siasat Daily

It also asked why the UP Government hasn't come forth with a concrete plan to safeguard Taj Mahal from the threat of deterioration, such as the growing pollution, and dicolorization of the marble.

The Bench told petitioner-activist M.C. Mehta that if "they [the authorities] trouble us we will trouble them back".

You start shutting them down", the bench said, adding, "Charity begins at home. "Either you demolish it or you restore it".

The statement came in response to the lack of action taken to prevent and remedy the discoloration of the monument.

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

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During the hearing, the bench also drew a parallel between the Taj Mahal and the Eiffel Tower of Paris and said the mausoleum was perhaps more lovely, but India continued to lose tourists and foreign exchange due to the situation prevailing there. Taj Mahal is also among one of the Seven Wonders of the world.

The government has closed many factories near the Taj Mahal area in the city of Agra, and the palace has been treated with packs that absorbs dirt many times over the past in a bid to save its legendary white surface. It pulled up the Uttar Pradesh government for failing to protect the monument and said a parliamentary standing committee's report had been ignored.

In May, the Supreme Court ordered the government to seek foreign assistance to fix the UNESCO World Heritage site's changing color, which is thought to be the result of pollution, construction work, and insects which excrete on the walls. Taj Mahal draws thousands of tourists from India and overseas each year. "Do you realise the loss caused to the country due to your apathy?" the bench said further.

Uttar Pradesh government has defended itself saying IIT, Kanpur was conducting an assessment of air pollution levels in and around the TTZ and would give its report within four months.

The court said it will hear the matter on a day-to-day basis from July 31.

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