UP govt to submit Taj draft plan before July 21

  • | Wednesday | 11th July, 2018

AGRA: Stung by the Supreme Court’s remark to “either restore the pristine beauty of the Taj or demolish it”, the Uttar Pradesh government has decided to submit a draft vision document on restoration and preservation of the mausoleum before July 21.Avanish Awasthi, principal secretary (tourism), said, “The draft will be submitted within the stipulated duration. The state government could not save the Yamuna river from pollution either. Meetings, reports and verbal statements are not enough to protect the world heritage site and the surrounding 10,400 square kilometre Taj Trapezium Zone area.”The UP government had signed an agreement with School of Planning and Architecture in March this year after The final copy will be submitted in September.”Raman (who goes by his first name), a member of the Supreme Court-appointed monitoring committee, said, “No change will take place until proper execution is made at the ground level to preserve the Taj. “But nothing has been done by the Archeological Survey of India (ASI) so far to prevent any damage to the mausoleum due to heavy tourist influx,” he added.Environmentalist MC Mehta said, “Both Centre and state government have not taken the issue seriously.

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