Taking note of a letter written by one of its judges, the Supreme Court Monday asked Uttar Pradesh government to consider shifting a cremation site to ensure that the Taj Mahal is not damaged by smoke.
A special bench of Justices T S Thakur and C Nagappan directed the state to examine issues raised in the letter written by Supreme Court judge Kurian Joseph to the Chief Justice of India, seeking the court’s intervention to protect the 17th century monument.
“This crematorium can be shifted to some nearby place and an electric crematorium can be built there. This will ensure that people who want to use the conventional method (burning pyres) can use it and others can use the electric crematorium,” suggested the bench.
As first reported by The Indian Express, Justice Joseph’s letter dated October 1 had stated “the Agra Nagar Nigam may be directed to explore the possibility of relocation of the cremation ground or even to explore the possibility of providing an electric crematorium, the latter being in tandem with the ongoing debate of climate change and Prime Minister’s initiatives of a cleaner environment.”
Uttar Pradesh government’s Advocate General Vijay Bahadur Singh appreciated the suggestion. “It is a very good suggestion and I totally agree with the judge’s letter. Give me a fortnight and I will come back to this court with a solution,” he said.