India’s Uttar Pradesh state government on Tuesday filed in the top court the first draft report of its vision document on protection and preservation of the 17th century monument Taj Mahal in Agra and said all polluting industries in the region should be closed.
The state government mentioned the matter before a bench of Justices MB Lokur and Deepak Gupta and also said the entire Taj Mahal precinct should be declared a no-plastic zone.
The apex court has already expressed concern over the changing original colour of the monument to blue and then to green due to air pollution in Agra.
The vision document was submitted after an angry Supreme Court had on July 11 lashed out the Uttar Pradesh government for its apathy towards the Taj, the ivory white marble mausoleum and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Advocate Aishwarya Bhati, appearing for the state government, told the bench that they be allowed to file the document. The court allowed the counsel to file the draft.
The Uttar Pradesh government told the apex court that the entire Taj Mahal precinct should be declared a no-plastic zone. The use of bottled water inside should also be prohibited, it said.
The state government said all polluting industries in region should be closed, while more tourism hubs should be created. It said a comprehensive traffic management plan was needed to promote pedestrian movement in the Taj heritage precinct.
The draft vision document also said roads along the Yamuna riverfront behind the Taj should be planned in a way so that the traffic is limited and pedestrian movement encouraged.
According to the government, there should be no construction on the Yamuna floodplain and the riverbank should only have natural plantations.

New Delhi Correspondent