Disturbed by the failure of Uttar Pradesh government to put forth measures to preserve Taj Mahal, the UNESCO – accredited world heritage site, the Supreme court pulled up the UP government and raised some pertinent questions on Thursday.
, “Who is exactly the in-charge of the Taj Mahal?” the apex court asked the Uttar Pradesh government.“If the left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing. It is surprising. Taj Trapezium Zone (TTZ) authority has done nothing since it was set up in 1996.” the Supreme Court reprimanded the UP Government.
Taking exception to the government for filing a draft of the vision document with respect to the Taj Mahal trapezium. The court asked, “Why have you filed a draft? Are we supposed to correct it?”The court division bench headed by Justice Madan Bhimrao asked the government about the in-charge of the environment protection and redevelopment of the area.
While observing that nobody wants to take responsibility for the world heritage site, Justice Lokur said, “Someone has to take responsibility. There has to be one authority which takes charge. It seems that authorities have washed their hands off the Taj.”
“We are now in a situation where a vision document is prepared without the involvement of the ASI,” he added.Meanwhile, Attorney General K K Venugopal, who appeared in the court on behalf of the Uttar Pradesh government, submitted his report to the top court that the ASI was not responsible for the relocation of industries in the Taj trapezium zone.
” Yellowing of the Taj was prevented and after chemical treatment, it was made white again. But now, Taj is decaying again. UNESCO is thinking about declassifying the Darjeeling railway from the list of Heritage sites. It will be a huge embarrassment for the country if Taj is also removed.” the Attorney General submitted.