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Supreme Court Threatens to Shut Taj Mahal in India

by: - July 11, 2018
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New Delhi, Jul 11 (Prensa Latina) The Supreme Court of India ordered the formation of a special committee to find the source of pollution in and around Taj Mahal in Agra and suggest measures to prevent it.

The court also expressed anguish over the Uttar Pradesh government failure to come out a document to preserve and protect the Taj Mahal, one of the most famous and beloved monuments in India and popular tourist destination of this South Asian country.

The protection of this World Heritage site has almost become a ‘hopeless cause’ and the court will hold daily hearings on how to protect the monument from pollution from July 31.

‘Either you shut it, demolish it or restore it,’ said the court, expressing dissatisfaction at the Ministry of Environment and Forests’ response on how to protect the monument, the Press Trust of India news agency reported.

Agra lies in an industrial belt, and the city’s air pollution levels have risen sharply over the last 30 years.

A database released by the World Health Organization in May 2018 showed that Agra, where the Taj Mahal is based, ranks eighth in the list of cities with the filthiest air on the planet.