Taj Mahal must be protected or demolished: SC expresses anguish


New Delhi: The Supreme Court today tore into the central and Uttar Pradesh governments and said protecting the Taj Mahal had become a “hopeless cause” and from July 31 it will hold daily hearings on how to protect the monument from pollution.

Expressing its dissatisfaction at the Ministry of Environment and Forest’s response on how to protect the monument the apex court said, “Either you shut it, demolish it or restore it.”

The Supreme Court was hearing a petition that calls for proper maintenance of the Taj.

The Taj “is more beautiful than the Eiffel Tower” and could have solved the country’s foreign exchange problem, the judges noted.

The court ordered to form a special committee to find the source of pollution in and around Taj Mahal in Agra and suggest measures to prevent it.

The court expressed anguish over the UP government’s failure to come out with a vision document to preserve and protect the Taj and also asked for details on what the centre has done.

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