New Delhi, July 24: The Uttar Pradesh government on Tuesday filed its first draft report of vision document on protection and preservation of Taj Mahal in SC. In the document, the government has told the apex court that the entire Taj precinct should be declared no-plastic zone and use of bottled water should also be prohibited there. (Also read: No Danger to Taj Structure, Says Centre)
It has taken the state government a serious rap from the Supreme Court to present the vision document. On July 11, the SC had said, “The Taj Mahal is more beautiful than the Eiffel Tower and could have solved the country’s foreign exchange problem…either we will shut down the Taj or you demolish or restore it.” The court had said that either the monument should be maintained properly or it would lock it down.
Filed before a bench of Justices MB Lokur and Deepak Gupta, the vision document says all the polluting industries in the region should be closed and more tourism hubs created there. Also, a comprehensive traffic management plan was needed with focus on the Yamuna riverfront to encourage more pedestrian movement in the premises as well as limit traffic there.
It said there should be no construction on Yamuna floodplain and the riverbank should only have natural plantations.
The Supreme Court has been monitoring development in the area to protect the Taj Mahal. The monument was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal at Agra. While its construction was completed in 1643, work continued on other phases of the project for another 10 years. The ivory white marble mausoleum is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (With PTI inputs)