New Delhi, July 24: Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government on Tuesday submitted to the Supreme Court the first draft of a vision document on restoration of Taj Mahal.
It also assured that the state government would impose a complete ban on construction activities on the river bed Yamuna, better traffic management and more space for pedestrians.
This document, 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.
One of the lawyers of the Yogi Adityanath government, Aishwarya Bhati said that there would be a complete ban on construction activities, traffic would be managed in a better way, and efforts would be made to promote better pedestrian movement. All these steps would be taken to protect Taj Mahal.
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.