The Supreme Court today told the central and UP Governments to either restore the Taj Mahal or destroy it. The Court called the Government out on being lethargic towards protecting the spectacular marble monument. Enraged the Supreme Court Bench said, “Either we will shut down the Taj or you demolish it or restore it.”

The Judges stated the Taj was even more beautiful than the Eiffel Tower. Further adding the monument could have solved the country’s foreign exchange problem.

The SC judges said, “Eighty million go to watch Eiffel Tower which looks like a TV Tower. Our Taj is more beautiful. If you had looked after it your foreign exchange problem would have been solved.”

The Court also questioned the chairman of the Taj Trapezium Zone (TTZ) for the violation of the ban of expansion of industrial units around the monument.

In May the Court criticised the Archeological Survey of India (ASI) for failing to maintain the Taj Mahal. The pristine white of the Taj Mahal is slowly but steadily turning green and brown due to algae.

The Apex Court was quoted as saying, “The problem is that ASI is not willing to accept that there is a problem. This situation would not have arisen if the ASI had done its job.”

The Court also said the ASI should not be protecting one of the Country’s renowned structure if it was not willing to accept there is a problem.

At the hearing, the ASI attempted to justify by saying, “The floor in parts of the Taj is dirty because of people walking there. We don’t give socks to everyone, only those who don’t have, the rest go in their own socks.”

The judges suggested disposable socks that are used abroad while visiting old monuments. The ASI then began talking about how the Taj Mahal was facing an algae problem. The Court questioned how the algae reached the top parts of the monument. To this, the archaeological body stated, “It flew there.” The Court was puzzled and questioned, “Can algae fly?”

Justices M.B. Lokur and Deepak Gupta said, “We don’t know whether you have or perhaps don’t have the expertise. Even if you have the expertise, you are not utilizing it.”

The Court concluded serious action needs to be taken before it is too late. The Taj Mahal is a 17th Century stunner and requires regular care.

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