Supreme Court stays its order to demolish parking lot near Taj Mahal

Team SoOLEGAL 28 Oct 2017 12:20pm

Supreme Court stays its order to demolish parking lot near Taj Mahal

The Supreme Court on Friday stayed its previous order which directs the demolition of a multi-level car parking being constructed near the iconic Taj Mahal and ordered the UP government to submit a comprehensive policy on preservation and pollution in the Taj Trapezium Zone (TTZ).

The apex court, while asking the authorities to maintain status quo at the site, said no further construction would be carried out there. The multi-level parking was being built around one km away from the eastern gate of the monument.

“We do not know how hotels can be built there. The problem is this that all measures seem to have been taken are ad-hoc. It cannot be like this,” a bench comprising Justices M.B. Lokur and Deepak Gupta said.

At the outset, the bench asked Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the UP government, about the policy for protection of the 17th century white marble mausoleum.

“You (state government) tell us what is your policy towards protection (of Taj Mahal). What is the policy you have formulated,” the bench asked, adding “if you have a policy, can we look into it?”

Mr. Mehta told the bench they had a comprehensive policy on the issue and contended that the government was committed to protect the Taj Mahal. “There is a policy. I will bring the comprehensive policy,” he said.  Inputs from PTI]

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