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SC to hear UP govt plea against order to demolish parking lot near Taj

The SC had ordered to demolish a multi-level car parking facility being built within a kilometer of the Taj Mahal on October 27

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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

The Supreme on Wednesday agreed to hear the government's restoration plea against its order to demolish a multi-level car parking facility being built within a kilometre of the on October 27.

The apex had yesterday ordered demolition of the parking lot, being constructed near the eastern gate of the 17th century monument.

The government's counsel mentioned the matter before a bench headed by Justice and sought urgent hearing of the restoration application.

"We have suffered an order of demolition of the multi- level car parking. We are praying for urgent listing of the restoration application," advocate Aishwarya Bhati, representing the state government, told the bench.

The counsel contended that the state's advocate could not appear before the yesterday when the matter was called up for hearing before a bench headed by Justice Madan B Lokur, due to which the demolition order was passed.

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 memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal in 1631. The historic white marble mausoleum is also a Unsco 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: Wed, October 25 2017. 13:37 IST