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Supreme Court Raps ASI For Failing To Protect Taj Mahal

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| May 9 , 2018 , 17:46 IST

Supreme Court raps the ASI (Archeological Survey of India) for its failure to take suitable steps for the protection and preservation of Taj Mahal.

The apex court also exhibited the concern over Taj Mahal being infected by insects and asked the authorities, including the ASI, about the steps they have taken to prevent this. Archaeological Survey of India replied to Supreme Court that the insect problem is due to the stagnant water of the Yamuna River.

"This situation would not have arisen if the ASI would have done its job," said Justices Madan B Lokur. Deepak Gupta said, “We are surprised with the way the ASI is defending itself. You [Centre] please consider if the ASI is needed there or not.”

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In the meanwhile, the additional Solicitor General ANS Nadkarni said that the Ministry of Environment and Forests was considering the apex court’s suggestion to appoint international experts to look into the issue of assessing the damage to the monument and to restore it.

In order to protect the iconic monument, Supreme Court has also ordered the government of Uttar Pradesh to evacuate the morgue located near the Taj Mahal. As the smoke exuding from the crematorium adversely affect the white marble of the Taj Mahal.

The top court has been observing developments in the area to protect the monument. It had directed the state to submit a vision document on the monument’s preservation. Taj Mahal was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal in 1631.