Stressing on the importance of saving the wonder of world in India – the Taj Mahal, Supreme Court of India condemned the apathy of Central Government towards protecting it. While calling the efforts to be a “hopeless cause”, the apex court ordered the government to take immediate steps to save the Taj Mahal.

After issuing few notices about preserving the medieval monument Taj Mahal, the Supreme Court today sternly notified that Centre and the Uttar Pradesh government about their negligence towards preserving the perishing conditions of the Taj. A Green Bench of Justices Madan B. Lokur and Deepak Gupta miffed out at the Centre, calling the “lethargy” over taking steps to save Taj Mahal to be a “hopeless cause”. The Supreme Court bench also expressed anguish and said to the government that, “Either we will shut down the Taj or you demolish or restore it.”

Comparing the Taj to Eiffel Tower of Paris in France, the judged expressed how the Mughal-built monument is “much more beautiful” than the Eiffel Tower; and how the Paris wonder has 18 million visitors annually, while Taj Mahal has 5 million and yet it is crumbling. Furthermore, the apex court has directed the Centre to furnish a detailed plan about steps that are needed to be taken and actions needed to protect the iconic Wonder of the World that Taj Mahal is. This plan has to be presented to the Supreme Court on July 31, the next date for hearing on Taj Mahal Preservation case.