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SC slams govt on Taj Mahal protection; calls it a ‘hopeless cause’

Dissatisfied with Ministry of Environment and Forest’s response on how to protect the monument, the court said: “Either you shut it, demolish it or restore it.”

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday termed the protection of Taj Mahal as a “hopeless cause” while declaring that it will hold daily hearings on how to protect the monument from pollution from July 31.

Dissatisfied with Ministry of Environment and Forest’s response on how to protect the monument, the court said: “Either you shut it, demolish it or restore it.”

As per reports, the court ordered the formation of special committee to identify the source of pollution in and around Taj Mahal in Agra and recommend measures to tackle it.

It pulled up the Uttar Pradesh government for failing to protect the monument and said a parliamentary standing committee’s report had been ignored.

Agra lies in an industrial belt, and the city’s air pollution levels have risen sharply over the past 30 years. An air pollution database released by the World Health Organisation in May 2018 showed that Agra ranked eighth in the list of cities with filthiest air.

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