Coming down heavily on the Centre and the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) for not being able to protect the iconic Taj Mahal, the Supreme Court issued a warning that it will “shut it down”.
“Either we will shut it down or you demolish or restore the Mughal structure,” the Green Bench is said to have told the authorities.
The Green Bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta said that the preservation of the monument may be a “hopeless cause.” The court also lashed out at the authority in charge of the Taj Trapezium Zone that was still entertaining applications from industrialists to expand their factories into the protected zone despite a long-standing moratorium from the Supreme Court.
Comparing Eiffel tower and Taj, the court said while Eiffel sees 80 million visitors, Taj has five million, and yet it is crumbling.
The Green Bench directed the Centre to furnish all the details of the steps and action taken to preserve and protect the historic monument.