The Supreme Court today didn’t mince words to criticize the Central and Uttar Pradesh Government for their “Lethargy” in the process of persevering Taj Mahal. It stated, Either we will shut down the Taj or you demolish or restore it” clearly expressing its disdain, while hearing a petition which was asking for maintenance, and over the lazy attempts by the authorities to improve the condition of the monument. The judges said that monument’s beauty could actually improve the foreign policy, if its is maintained with care. They also compared Taj Mahal to Eiffel Tower, and calling the latter a TV Tower, said that Mahal is more beautiful, and could be helpful for the country. Constructed on the orders of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved wife, Mumtaz Begum, the Taj Mahal is considered to be one of the most unique and beautiful buildings in the entire world, and attracts visitors from all the cultures who want to see it closely. However, if it suffers damage, it could impact severely impact the tourism for the country.
The Apex court also expressed anger over the apathy of the government toward one of the wonders of the world, and asked if it realizes that so many monuments have been ruined because the authorities don’t care for them. It also asked why the UP Government hasn’t come forth with a concrete plan to safeguard Taj Mahal from the threat of deterioration, such as the growing pollution, and dicolorization of the marble.
In May, this year, the court had also discussed how the monument was turning yellow because of pollution, and accused the Archaeological survey for not taking necessary steps to protect it from damage. In short, the court is still trying to force the Government to take the issue seriously enough to amend their mistakes.