New Delhi, July 12: Union Minister of State for Culture Mahesh Sharma on Thursday claimed that there is no danger to the structure of Taj Mahal and there has been no change in its original colour.
Sharma also said that the government will submit an affidavit on related note in the Supreme Court.
I want to assure everyone that there is no danger to the Taj Mahal's structure and there has been no change in its original colour. We will submit an affidavit in this regard in the Supreme Court: Mahesh Sharma, Union Minister of State for Culture pic.twitter.com/Ku5ykQG97m
— ANI (@ANI) July 12, 2018
His statement came a day after the apex court rapped both the Central and Uttar Pradesh government for not being able to protect the iconic monument.
Expressing displeasure over the authorities for not taking any step to preserve the Mughal structure and the Court stated its “sheer lethargy” on the part of the authorities.
A bench of Justice Madan B. Lokur and Justice Deepak Gupta said “There is absolutely no willingness to protect the Taj Mahal. Pristine beauty of Taj Mahal has to be protected. Restore it if you want or demolish it if it has to be demolished”.
The court said the Taj Mahal is more beautiful than the Eiffel Tower and could have solved the country’s foreign exchange problem.
“There is the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Perhaps it is nothing compared to Taj Mahal. Our Taj Mahal is more beautiful. 80 million go to watch Eiffel Tower which looks like a TV Tower. This is eight times more than what we have. If you had looked after it, your foreign exchange problem would have been solved.
“Do you realise the loss caused to the country due to your apathy?,” observed the bench.
Yogi Aditynath-led government had earlier also told the bench that it would submit a draft of vision document on protection and preservation of the Taj Mahal.
Saying it would hear the case next on July 31 on a day-to-day basis, the bench told the Centre to furnish full details of the mesures taken and action it intends to take for protecting the Taj Mahal along with time-frame and responsibility and accountability of the departments concerned.
In 17th-century, Mughal era Emperor Shah Jahan built Taj Mahal in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal.