Taj Mahal Document: Supreme Court slams UP government

Taj Mahal

New Delhi, July 26: The Supreme Court on Thursday slammed Yogi Aditynath-led Uttar Pradesh government for filing the draft vision document with respect to the Taj Trapezium Zone.

Hearing the Preservation and restoration of the monument, Justice Lokur observed, “There has to be one authority which takes charge. It seems that authorities have washed their hands off the Taj. We are in a situation where a vision document is prepared without the involvement of the ASI.”

“why have you filed a draft? Are we supposed to correct it?”,

The apex court directed the Central and Uttar Pradesh government to identify specific officers and authority in charge of maintenance of the Taj Mahal and the redevelopment of the Taj Trapezium Zone.

Yogi Adityanath government on Tuesday submitted to the Supreme Court the first draft of a vision document on restoration of the Mughal era monument.

The document was prepared by the Delhi School of Planning and Architecture, was put together after the apex court came down heavily on the government while hearing a plea filed by environmentalist M.C. Mehta.

Earlier this month, the top court made sharp observations on the central and the state governments for not being able to protect the Mughal structure.

It asked the UP government on why industrial activities have picked up pace in the 10,400 sq km Taj Trapezium Zone (TEZ) area comprising Mathura, Agra, Hathras, Etah and Firozabad, created for protection and conservation of the Mughal structure.

The bench also rapped the state and central governments saying that the issue called for long-term solutions, not short-term and knee-jerk methods.


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