SC orders to stop commercial activities in the vicinity of Taj Mahal

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The Supreme Court ordered that all the commercial activities shall stop in the proximity of 500 metres of Taj Mahal. The apex court ordered this by stating that it would be in the interest of the protected monument to issue directions for barring all commercial activities near the Indian wonder of world.

The order came after an application by a group of shop owners, who have been allotted space outside the 500-meter radius. Representing the applicant, advocate MC Dhingra complained of gross violation of the previous court order near the western gate of the monument as illegal business activities thrived. Dhingra urged the bench to issue appropriate orders to stop the activities and make the authorities liable for compliance.

The Agra Development Authority was roped in by the Supreme Court to ensure compliance of its directive. “We allow the prayer that reads– Direct the Agra Development Authority to remove all business activities within 500 meters from the boundary/peripheral wall of the monument Taj Mahal which shall be in tune with Article 14 of the Constitution of India,” stated the bench of justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and AS Oka.