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Taj vision document: Paid 80 pc amount to School of Planning and Architecture, UP tells SC

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

government told the Wednesday they have paid 80 per cent money, Rs 51.89 lakh, to Delhi-based (SPA) which is entrusted with the task of preparing a vision document for protection of

The told a bench of Justices Madan B Lokur, and that the balance amount as per the terms of reference would be released shortly to SPA which would soon come out with the document.

Aishwarya Bhati, appearing for Uttar Pradesh, said that besides this, remuneration of about Rs 6 lakh for three experts who have worked with SPA in the exercise, has also been sanctioned.

On November 29, the apex court had told the government that the vision document should be made public once it is finalised as there is "nothing secret" about it.

The SPA had told the court that process of preparing the document would be completed within a "few days" and as per terms of reference, they would submit it to the

The Centre had also informed the court that first draft of heritage plan for Taj Mahal, which is to be submitted to the United Nations Educational, (UNESCO), was ready and it would be finalised within eight weeks.

The top court had earlier asked the authorities to take a larger perspective on issues of pollution and green cover while preparing a vision document, saying there would not get a "second chance" to preserve the

The top court, which has been monitoring development in the Taj Trapezium Zone (TTZ) to protect the Taj, had earlier slammed the Centre, government and TTZ authority for their failure to restore the pristine glory of

The TTZ is an area of about 10,400 sq km spread over the districts of Agra, Firozabad, Mathura, and in Uttar Pradesh and the Bharatpur district of

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First Published: Wed, December 05 2018. 20:50 IST