Five days after the Supreme Court told the Centre that the Taj Mahal should either be restored or demolished, three Union ministers and the UP chief minister met on Monday to discuss plans to address pollution sources.
The apex court directed the Centre to file an affidavit in two weeks detailing what has been done for the protection of the monument and plans of further action. The bench said it would hear the matter on a day-to-day basis from July 31.
The Supreme Court had earlier this year blamed the Archeological Survey of India (ASI) for its failure to take appropriate steps to protect the monument.
A bench of Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan observed that there were other mosques in Agra, and non-residents could offer prayers there.
The court also said since the Taj Mahal is one of the seven wonders of the world, it should be kept in mind. The court observed that people can offer namaz in other mosques, however, Taj Mahal should be avoided.
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“I would write to (chief minister) Yogi Adityanath to take up the issue. I appreciate and thank him for taking the initiative to rename Mughalsarai railway station (after Deendayal Upadhyay),’’ BJP MLA Surendra Singh said.
Agra’s petha industry nurtures a love-hate relationship with the Taj Mahal.
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Expressing concern that the marble structure was turning green, the Supreme Court on May 1 asked the Centre and Uttar Pradesh government to think of hiring experts from outside if local experts could not do the job.
The court pointed out that some experts may be roped in to assess the damage and decide on the restoration.
“We don’t know whether you have or perhaps don’t have the expertise. Even if you have the expertise, you are not utilising it. Or perhaps you don’t care,” a bench comprising Justices M B Lokur and Deepak Gupta said.