Restore or demolish Taj Mahal: Supreme Court slams Centre

The Taj Mahal has begun to take on a yellow hue as a result of pollution

The Taj Mahal is one of the world's leading tourist attractions.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday pulled up the Centre and authorities for not acting fast to protect Taj Mahal, reported PTI.

Taj Mahal is one of the best and most attractive tourist destinations of India, but the rise in air pollution in Agra is damaging the monumennt.

The Supreme Court was hearing a petition that calls for proper maintenance of the Taj, a 16th century marble mausoleum that draws thousands of tourists from India and overseas each year and is a must-see on the itinerary of most dignitaries.

While making their point, the judges likened the famed monument in Paris, a tourist favourite, to a "TV tower". Our Taj is more attractive. If you had looked after it your foreign exchange problem would have been solved. The bench asked the Centre to furnish details of what has been done and what is required to protect the monument.

It has already shut down thousands of factories near the monument, but activists say the white marble is still losing lustre.

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

The court also sought personal appearance of the chairman of Taj Trapezium Zone (TTZ) - a 10,400 sq km area spread over the districts of Agra, Firozabad, Mathura, Hathras and Etah in Uttar Pradesh and Bharatpur in Rajasthan - to explain violation of it's orders prohibiting expansion of industrial units in the zone.

Earlier in May the same court had directed the federal and provincial authorities to appoint global experts to rectify the "serious colour change" in the Taj's once gleaming white marble due to continuing pollution levels.

The bench said it will hear the matter on day-to-day basis from July 31.

Related News:

  • Video shows Florida man, 72, trying to attack neighbor with tractor

    Howell Morris, 72, is facing aggravated assault charges for the incident which happened last month in Florida , WJXT-TV reports . A row between two neighbours came to a freakish end when one chased after the other - on a very, very slow tractor.
    Kim shatters LPGA scoring records, wins by 9 shots

    Kim shatters LPGA scoring records, wins by 9 shots

    Sei Young Kim has broken the previous 72-hole scoring record on the Tour, with a nine-shot win at the LPGA Classic in Wisconsin. The only drama down the stretch was who would pick up the last spot to Carnoustie in two weeks. "I had the double-bogey on 17".
    LONDON FALLING: US Embassy Warns Americans of 'VIOLENT' PROTESTS During Trump Visit

    LONDON FALLING: US Embassy Warns Americans of 'VIOLENT' PROTESTS During Trump Visit

    On Friday he will visit PM Theresa May at Chequers, set to be followed by a meeting with Her Majesty The Queen at Windsor Castle. The request as Trump is expected to meet with multiple protests during his first visit to the country since taking office.
  • HBO Executive Says Network Will 'Change Direction' After Merger

    HBO Executive Says Network Will 'Change Direction' After Merger

    The first year under AT&T ownership is a time that HBO employees will "be very fond of" when they look back on it, Stankey said. Stankey wants HBO to make more money and significantly increase the number of subscribers in the U.S. and worldwide.
    Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin Share Steamy Kisses in NYC

    Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin Share Steamy Kisses in NYC

    We've moved past that'. "He's somebody I really cherish". "Dad I love you more than words". They were caught kissing in Brooklyn and Rockefeller Park in the city.
    Merkel says Germany and China committed to multilateral order

    Merkel says Germany and China committed to multilateral order

    China invites Germany to attend the first China International Import Expo and welcomes Germany to expand its investment in China. German companies and politicians have complained that Germany has been more open to Chinese firms than the other way around.
  • Baby dies after tornado flips trailer in North Dakota

    Baby dies after tornado flips trailer in North Dakota

    He has been staying along with dozens of others at the Watford City Civic Center where the Red Cross has established a shelter. McKenzie County Sheriff Gary Schwartzenberger says his house half a mile from the park suffered siding and shingle damage.
    Woman bitten by shark while posing for Instagram photo

    Woman bitten by shark while posing for Instagram photo

    Zarutskie said she respects all wildlife and is grateful her injuries were not worse. She had to get several stitches and was put on a round of antibiotics.
    Sarah Palin Says She Was ‘Duped’ by Sacha Baron Cohen

    Sarah Palin Says She Was ‘Duped’ by Sacha Baron Cohen

    She also informed Cohen that Piper thinks he is a 'piece of s***'. "Every honorable American Vet should feel the same", she wrote. Showtime's president and CEO praised Baron Cohen as a "comedic genius" during the show's series announcement Monday.
  • Tory vice chairs quit over Brexit

    Tory vice chairs quit over Brexit

    FIANNA Fáil leader Micheál Martin says former foreign secretary Boris Johnson was not dealing in reality when it came to Brexit . The trans-Atlantic relationship has had some awkward moments since Trump's election.
    Pompeo talks tough on Iran while visiting UAE

    Pompeo talks tough on Iran while visiting UAE

    That push has driven up oil prices amid concerns that a divestment from Iranian oil would reduce the world's overall supply. Washington later told countries they must stop buying Iranian oil from November 4 or face financial consequences.
    Tributes to Lord Carrington, irreverent statesman

    Tributes to Lord Carrington, irreverent statesman

    Carrington chaired the Lancaster House talks in 1979 which led to to the establishment of an independent Zimbabwe. The former prime minister David Cameron said: "Peter Carrington was a lovely man and a great public servant.


Most liked

South Korean-born American Na wins PGA Greenbrier title
It's on to the Midwest for the PGA Tour this week, with the John Deere Classic at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Illinois up next. Four players shot 65 on Thursday, and many more crowded the leaderboard after posting 66s to start the tournament.

American woman celebrating wedding anniversary killed by stray bullet in Mexico
They described her "incredible work ethic" and passion for her job as news of her death emerged on Monday. As a mother, we always say things, but she inspired me to be better.

Rare sex disease could become next superbug, doctors warn
You can't shut down easyJet, the internet, Tinder and Grindr, all of which make it easier to find new partners. But specialists warn this is set to double within 10 years as the infection rapidly becomes untreatable.

Newly crowned ‘World’s Ugliest Dog’ Zsa Zsa dies
Zsa Zsa is survived by her owners, Megan and Jesse Brainard, and her human little sister, 15-month-old Mareslie. Brainard and the rest of Zsa Zsa's family hosted a ceremony for her in their back yard to honor the pup.

Damian Lillard is not Unhappy with the Portland Trail Blazers
Carmelo Anthony is likely to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder this summer, according to ESPN's Royce Young and Adrian Wojnarowski. Wilson made her comments on Twitter using Lebron's huge payday from the Lakers as her point of reference.

Croatia end World Cup run of hosts Russian Federation on penalties in quarters
Yet, they have the players who have been there and done that and know when to turn up. Going past Croatia and beyond, though, would be the greatest reward.

DJI's next Mavic drone might have 360-degree obstacle awareness
The leaked image had been acquired by DroneDJ, over a week before a supposedly big event planned by DJI that was pushed back. DJI was supposed to have a "See the Bigger Picture" event on July 18th, but it postponed that to a later date.

Switzerland says Najib not a target in 1MDB probe
Lauber was speaking to Channel NewsAsia after a meeting with his Malaysian counterpart Tommy Thomas. He did not name the officials he was referring to.

Meghan and Harry Help Honor Royal Air Force
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex began their first official worldwide visit together when they arrived in Ireland on Tuesday. She was slammed last week for crossing her legs at a reception with the Queen and now Meghan Markle has done it again.

Emerging sex disease MG 'could become next superbug'
Eradication rates of MG following treatment with one family of antibiotics, called macrolides, are decreasing globally. Because antibiotic-resistance is higher in many other countries, doctors say holiday romances could drive the spread.

Wimbledon final vs World Cup final, how situation will be handled
Football fever hasn't bristled the grass courts at Wimbledon despite England reaching the semi-finals of the Fifa World Cup for the first time since 1990.

Love Island host Caroline Flack announces split from fiance Andrew Brady
Shedding light on her emotional state, she took to Twitter shortly after releasing her statement and simply posted a crying Emoji. Earlier today, both Caroline and Andrew confirmed that they are no longer together and made sure to wish each other all the best.

Timberlake showing England-Croatia before London show
Something has to change and, next to me, Claude Makélélé knows it too. "That 4-1 defeat is completely irrelevant", he said. Vrsaljko has been a key part of Dalic's set-up. "We want players to be 100 per cent but we will see after training.

Aussies bat first in T20 tri-series final
Among the bowlers, legspinners Rashid Khan and Shadab Khan retained the top two positions but there were movements down the table. Short put on 95 for the first wicket with Finch (47 from 27 balls) despite him struggling for momentum early in his innings.

Loris Karius: Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp defends keeper after mistake in friendly
Jurgen Klopp's side clung on for a 3-2 victory and continue their pre-season campaign against Bury on Saturday. He said: "Now Loris concedes that goal but we can not start the story always after each mistake".