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SC criticizes Centre for unattended approach in protecting Taj Mahal

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New Delhi: Slamming the Centre for lethargic approach in taking steps for protecting Taj Mahal, Supreme Court expressed anguish over the Uttar Pradesh government failure to come out with a vision document to preserve and protect the Taj Mahal.

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It directed the Centre to furnish full details of the steps taken and action required to be taken for protecting the iconic monument.

“There is absolutely no willingness to protect the Taj Mahal. Taj Mahal has to be protected. Either we will shut it down or you demolish or restore it,” the bench observed.

“Eighty million go to watch Eiffel Tower which looks like a TV Tower. Our Taj is more beautiful. If you had looked after it your foreign exchange problem would have been solved.

“Do you realise the loss caused to the country due to your apathy?,” observed the bench.

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A bench of Justices M B Lokur and Deepak Gupta said no concrete steps have been taken by the government, despite a parliamentary standing committee report on Taj’s protection.

It said a special committee has also been set up to find the source of pollution in and around the Taj, which will suggest measures to prevent it.

The bench will conduct the next hearing on day to day basis from July 31.

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