The Supreme Court directs the Agra Development Authority to shut down all the commercial activities running within 500 metres radius of the beautiful Taj Mahal. This area marks its beginning from the peripheral wall of the ancient monument.
Although a similar order was passed in the year 2000, the Supreme Court thinks it is important to reiterate the direction. Hopefully, people will follow the orders as soon as the directions reach their surroundings.
Why this Order?
UNESCO World Heritage Site, Taj Mahal is made of beautiful white marble which has been turning yellow owing to the pollution around it. Nano-sized airborne particles of carbon sit on the surface of the marble and force it to lose its charm.
Over time, the white marble of the monument has lost its shine and colour leaving it discoloured and not as appealing as it used to be.
What falls under this ban?
This order of restriction within 500 metre radius is multifold and here are the points people of the city will have to take care of:
- No construction in this zone
- Strictly regulated vehicular movement
- No burning wood
- No burning of solid waste and agricultural waste
Why a Second Order?
Although the first order was communicated in the year 2000, there was a need to reinstate the order because the people who were allotted an area outside the zone reported that people were running their business in the restricted zone illegally. It is the reason that the Supreme Court had to declare this order again.
Although it was stated before, once again, the Indian Government is working towards making a difference in the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Taj Mahal.
In my opinion, people should develop sensitivity towards the topic as such monuments are Indian identity and they should not tarnish like this.
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