Uttar Pradesh government has signed an agreement with School of Planning and Architecture and sanctioned INR 76 lakh to prepare a vision document on the protection of Taj Mahal as directed by the Supreme Court.
Talking to TOI, principal secretary (UP tourism) Avanish Kumar Awasthi said, “The agreement has already been signed between Taj Trapezium Zone (TTZ) chairman K Ram Mohan Rao and Delhi’s School of Planning and Architecture and a composite of plan is likely to be submitted within four months.”
The Supreme Court on Thursday had asked the UP government to submit a draft in connection with the vision document on the protection of Taj Mahal within four months.
Prof Meenakshi Dhote, head of department of environment planning, School of Architecture, Delhi, told TOI that the vision document will focus on how to protect and preserve the Taj Mahal. The document will comprise plans with a futuristic perspective which could conserve the iconic monument, its environs and the TTZ for at least a few hundred years. She said, “We will follow the parameters as have been spelled out in Supreme Court order.”
She added that the vision document will also mention how to promote social and economic sustainability involving the community.
Raman, who goes by his first name only and is a member of the Supreme Court monitoring committee said that the vision document should ensure complete solution of problem. He said the data which will be provided to the SPA, Delhi, by local departments should be reliable and verified. “We should learn from the previous failures, as apex court has already expressed dissatisfaction over the procedures adopted by the Centre and the state government in dealing with the situation,” he said.