Restore Taj or demolish it, screams apex court
The Supreme Court on Wednesday came down heavily on the Centre and the Archaeological Survey of India for not being able to protect the iconic Taj Mahal, issuing a warning it will 'shut it down' and the authorities should 'demolish or restore' the Mughal structure.
The apex court was unhappy as the Uttar Pradesh government failed to come out with a vision document to protect the Taj Mahal. A bench of Justice Madan B.
Lokur and Justice Deepak was upset with the authorities for not taking any step to preserve the Taj Mahal and said it's "sheer lethargy" on the part of the authorities.
"There is absolutely no willingness to protect the Taj Mahal. Taj Mahal has to be protected. Either we will shut it down or you demolish or restore it," the bench observed.
The court said the Taj Mahal is more beautiful than the Eiffel Tower and could have solved the country's foreign exchange problem.