On Thursday, the Supreme Court Of India asked the government that “Do They Want To Destroy The Taj Mahal”? The court made this withering remarks during the hearing of an application seeking its approval to cut over 400 trees to lay down an additional railway track between Mathura in Uttar Pradesh to Delhi.
According to The Hindu, a Bench comprising Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta said: “This (Taj Mahal) is a world famous monument and you (government) want to destroy it? Have you seen the recent pictures of Taj? Go to the internet and have a look at it.”
The Bench further added: “If you want, then file an affidavit or application and say that the Union of India wants to destroy the Taj.”
The court is monitoring the development in the area to protect the historic Taj Mahal after a petition filed by an environmentalist M C Mehta.
Mehta in his petition has asked the court to protect the Taj from the ill effects of polluting gases and deforestation in and around the area.
On the other hand, the plea has explained the necessity to lay down the additional track in the stretch in order to clear the bottleneck of train movement. The Supreme Court of India would now hear the matter next month.