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No demolition or further construction of parking lot near Taj for now: SC

The court fixed the matter for further hearing on November 15

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Taj Mahal (Photo: Wikipedia)
Taj Mahal (Photo: Wikipedia)

The Supreme Court on Friday stayed its order directing demolition of a multi-level car parking being constructed near the iconic at Agra. The apex asked the authorities to maintain status quo at the site, which is around one kilometre from the eastern gate of the 17th century monument, and said no further construction will be carried out there. A bench comprising Justices M B Lokur and Dipak Gupta asked additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the govenrment to file a comprehensive policy on preservation and pollution in the Taj Trapezium Zone and nearby areas. The Taj Trapezium Zone is an area of 10,400 sq km around the historic and is aimed at protecting the ancient monument. Mehta told the bench that the was committed to protect the and he will file a comprehensive policy regarding this before the The fixed the matter for further hearing on November 15. The apex had on October 24 ordered the demolition of the multi-level car parking which is under construction. The apex court, which is dealing with a petition filed by environmentalist M C Mehta, has been monitoring development in the area to protect the Taj Mahal, built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal in 1631.

The historic white marble mausoleum is also a Unesco World Heritage Site. Mehta, in his PIL, has sought protection of the Taj from the ill-effects of polluting gases and deforestation in and around the area. The apex had earlier passed a slew of directions to protect the monument.

First Published: Fri, October 27 2017. 14:51 IST