Demolish Taj Mahal or Restore it, Indian Court Tells Govt.

Taj mahal—the India’s most popular landmark is being threatened with destruction and closure if the government continues to fail to address its disturbing changing colour, the apex court of the country has given a warning.

The Indian Supreme Court has slammed both the Uttar Pradesh and federal state governments on Wednesday for their failure of tackling the seventeenth-century monument’s deterioration, as per the reports of Indian media.

The hugely established white marble structure began changing into yellow colour decades back and has since then been turning brown and green.

Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta said that the respective authorities could close Taj Mahal, or if they prefer they could demolish it and could do away with it if they have already taken a decision regarding it.

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They added that the Uttar Pradesh government is not at all concerned, as no action plan of vision document has been presented so far. Either demolish the Taj Mahal or restore it.

One of the lawyers informed the judges that action plans are being drafted in a “vision document”, however, the judges inquired that how soon the issue is actually being treated by the authorities.

Supreme Court in May instructed the government to look for foreign assistance for fixing the UNESCO World Heritage site’s varying colour, which is considered to be the reason of pollution, insects which excrete on the walls and the construction work. The insects are said to be attracted towards the sewage in the close by Yamuna River and their excretes leaves a greenish stain on the marble.

The government has closed many factories near the Taj Mahal area in the city of Agra, and the palace has been treated with packs that absorbs dirt many times over the past in a bid to save its legendary white surface. The most recent effort for the white marble’s protection was done in January.

The history of the Taj Mahal is decades old. It was built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan as a tomb for his late wife Mumtaz Mahal. It is India’s biggest tourist attraction and draws eight million visitors annually. Taj Mahal is also among one of the Seven Wonders of the world.

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