Supreme Court slams Centre for "lethargy" in protecting Taj Mahal

The Supreme Court said it would hear updates on the monument daily from July 31

The Supreme Court said it would hear updates on the monument daily from July 31 Credit Manish Swarup AP

The Bench told petitioner-activist M.C. Mehta that if "they [the authorities] trouble us we will trouble them back". "Taj Mahal has to be protected or the Government of India has to decide if it has to be demolished".

"Uttar Pradesh is not bothered". No action plan or vision document has come yet.

The case came off a petition by environment activist and senior lawyer MC Mehta regarding the deteriorating beauty of the Taj Mahal and to invoke the Air (Prevention And Control Of Pollution) Act 1981 and Water ( Prevention And Control Of Pollution) Act 1974 and Environmental Protection Act 1986 for the goal of relocation of 292 factories to prevent emission by coke or coal consuming factories having a damage effect on the Taj.

Referring to the Eiffel Tower, the bench said that in India, there were concerns about security, but in other countries, they have made towers like "TV towers" from where tourists can get a view of the entire city. If you had looked after it, your foreign exchange problem would have been solved.

The top court termed the issue of Taj's protection "a hopeless cause", and said that it will hear the matter daily from July 31. If you had looked after it, your foreign exchange problem would have been solved,"the bench said". As the Centre and UP failed to give a blueprint to save the Taj, a bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta said: "It is sheer apathy".

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.

"The Eiffel Tower gets 80 million visitors every year".

It asked the Chairman, of the Taj Trapezium Zone to explain the violation of the court's ban on the expansion of industrial units in the zone.

Additionally, insects that breed in the rubbish-choked Yamuna river have infested the monument, their excrement further staining the marble.

In its directive spelt out Wednesday, the Supreme Court told the centre to furnish full details of the steps taken and action required for protecting the Taj Mahal.

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