‘Restore or demolish’: The Indian court demanded that the authorities take care of the reconstruction of the Taj Mahal

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According to the court, the authorities are idle and do not try to solve the problem with the restoration of the monument of architecture.

The Supreme Court of India in strict form demanded from the government of Uttar Pradesh to undertake urgent reconstruction of the Taj Mahal, one of the main attractions of the country. The architectural monument gradually loses its original color–instead of a white marble structure it turns yellow: experts attribute this to severe air pollution, Artsy writes.

According to the court, local authorities have been inactive for a long time in solving this problem. “Uttar Pradesh [state] government is not bothered. No action plan or vision document has come yet. Either you demolish [the Taj Mahal] or you restore it,” the committee said in a statement.

After the announcement of the requirements of the court, many non-governmental organizations volunteered to solve the problem. The statement of the judges also quickly reacted to the state government: according to the Times of India, they promise to soon submit a development plan for the Taj Mahal for the next 100 years. It will include the closure of a large number of factories located near the architectural monument, the creation of a “green” route for tourists, the reconstruction of the local sewer system and a number of other steps.

Taj Mahal is a mausoleum, a mosque built in the 17th century by the order of the descendant of Tamerlane, the padishah of the Baburid Shah Jahan empire in memory of his deceased wife. Today the Taj Mahal is included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites. Every day about 70 thousand people visit the architectural monument.


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