No Multi-level Parking Lot Near Taj Mahal; Let Tourists Walk to Taj Instead of Riding on Vehicles, Says Supreme Court
New Delhi, Nov 20: The Supreme Court on Monday refused to give permission for construction of a multi-level parking lot near Taj Mahal. Denied permission for building a multi-level parking lot, the apex court said, “Let the tourists walk to Taj Mahal instead of being riding on vehicles.”
The multi-level parking was coming up one km from the eastern gate of the 17th-century monument. The project site, closer to the Taj Mahal’s western gate, is proposed to house 400 four-wheelers. It aims to ease congestion in the area which led to parking of vehicles on roadsides in the absence of sufficient parking space. The top court in October had pulled up the Uttar Pradesh government for approving the construction of a parking lot near world heritage site – Taj Mahal.
The Uttar Pradesh government allowed local authorities to construct a parking lot just 1 km from the iconic monument. The Supreme Court, which ordered the demolition of the parking lot on October 24, stayed its order three days later. The court had asked the government whether it had a comprehensive policy for the protection of the 17th-century monument and said the court would like to see it.