• Home
  • National News
  • "Can Algae Fly?" Asks Supreme Court, Upset Over Taj Mahal Changing Colour
"Can Algae Fly?" Asks Supreme Court, Upset Over Taj Mahal Changing Colour

NEW DELHI: The pristine white of the Taj Mahal in Agra is turning brown and green because of dirty socks and algae, the central archeological body ASI told the Supreme Court today.


The ASI or Archeological Survey of India, which is in charge of maintaining and repairing monuments, was rebuked by the court for failing to protect the Taj Mahal from discolouring and said: "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 suggested to the centre that it should consider whether the ASI is needed at all for the world-renowned white marble mausoleum.
"The floor in parts of the Taj is dirty because of people walking there.  We don't give socks to everyone, only VIPs, the rest go in their own socks," said the archeological body.
The government suggested disposable socks, the kind provided to people visiting monuments abroad.
In a tart exchange with the judges, the ASI said algae were a "big problem" at the monument built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan for his wife Mumtaz Mahal.
"But how has algae reached the top parts?" the court wondered.
"It flew there,"  replied the archeological survey, after which the court countered: "Can algae fly?"


Last week, the Supreme Court saw photographs of the 17th century stunner and expressed concern about pollution and what it believed is the apathy of government agencies.
"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," Justices MB Lokur and Deepak Gupta told the government.
"Or perhaps you don't care," they added.
The Taj Mahal, which draws tourists from across the world, is considered one of the finest examples of Indo-Islamic architecture. It was described by poet Rabindranath Tagore as "one tear-drop . . . on the cheek of time."
But even the tombs of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz, located in the lower levels of the mausoleum and opened to the public only once a year, are turning yellow and brown, experts fear.



More in National
BSP Supporter Chops Off Finger After Voting For BJP By "Mistake"

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: The man, Pawan Kumar, said he voted for the BJP's sitting lawmaker in Bulandshahr, Bhola Singh, instead of the Bahujan Samaj Party&#...

Recently posted . 141 views

Google blocks Chinese app TikTok in India after court order

Tiktok was rapidly gaining popularity in India.   Google has blocked access to the hugely popular video app TikTok in India aft...

1 week ago . 42 views

Dear Netas, Marginal Communities Don't Care About MNREGA or 'Revenge o...

These are mostly traditional artisanal communities produced under jajmani systems (caste-based economic systems) and are found among both Muslims and Hindus. One ...

1 week ago . 45 views

Supreme Court Orders Status Quo on SC/ST Reservation in Promotion for ...

The Centre had moved the top court after an order of the Delhi High Court, which gave it three months to implement the reservation in promotion based on quantifiabl...

1 week ago . 31 views

On a budget this summer? Best places to travel in India within Rs 10,0...

Can't wait to step out of your mundane routine and take a little trip but your bank balance is raining on your parade? Here are some places that you can visit...

1 week ago . 39 views

‘Bawarchi Hyderabad Biryani’ Outlet Receives 2000 Orders In-A-Day Thro...

The popular biryani joint ‘Bawarchi’ in Hyderabad receives a whopping 2000 orders a day, just from Zomato. The long basmati grains, succulent meat and...

1 week ago . 41 views



Thought of the day

It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.