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Supreme Court expresses concern over Taj Mahal changing colour

The Hush Post: The Supreme Court of India has expressed concern over the change of colour of the historic monument and one of the seven wonders of the world Taj Mahal in Agra and observed on Tuesday that the historic monument has become yellowish earlier and is now turning brownish and greenish.

The top court of the country has suggested that the Centre government should take the assistance of the experts of the country and abroad to first assess the damage and then take steps to restore the historic monument.

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

“Perhaps we need some expert organisation from outside India unless there is a decision that the Taj has to go,” the bench said sarcastically, adding, “you can get experts from India as well as from outside.”

The Supreme Court perused the photographs placed before it by petitioner M C Mehta and asked Additional Solicitor General A N S Nadkarni, who was representing the government, as to why the colour of Taj Mahal has changed.

“First it was yellow and now it is becoming brown and green,” the bench observed.

The apex court has been monitoring developments in the area to protect the historic monument, built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal in 1631.

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