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    Taj Mahal in trouble?

    One of the 7 wonders of the world, Taj Mahal is owned and maintained by Archeological Survey of India (ASI)

    It was built by Shah Jahan in 1631 in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal.

    Now, problem is Uttar Pradesh Wakf Sunni board is claiming that Shah Jahan had executed a' wakafnama' in favor of the board so that Taj Mahal to be handed over to them
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    Supreme Court asks them to produce Shah Jahan's signature, then it can be handed over!

    The honorable Supreme Court noticed that the present owner of the Taj, ASI is failing to maintain the structure as the structure is discolored due to environmental pollution. ASI is informed the Honorable Supreme Court that unwashed socks worn by the visitors turned the Taj from white to yellow!
    Also, they informed the SC that they are not able to provide new socks to all the visitors every day!!

    As the structure is deteriorating due to environmental pollution, it may lose its status as a world's wonder.

    Dear members, according to you who can own and maintain the Taj Mahal? Archeological Survey of India?, Sunni Wakaf board? State Government? Or Central Govt? or anybody else?
  • #636114
    We must blame it on ASI for not maintaining one of the wonders of the world, the Great Taj Mahal. For that matter even Hyderabad's famous iconic structure, Charminar was also exposed to sound and vehicle pollution. And now the entire area has been earmarked as Pedestrian stretch, no vehicles allowed and total make over has been done to remove the pale color and the entire Charminar is now vibrating with new make over and looks very adorable and awesome. So ASI must come to Hyderabad and learn lesson as to how to maintain the structures and restore to the old glories.
    K Mohan
    'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
    Even this challenging situation would ease

  • #636120
    We do know how wakf board maintains its property all over the country. The less said about it is better. We can't blame ASI for everything. Taj Mahal is the best maintained historical monument of the country. For its improved protection, a new scientific study is required.
    Non-violence is the greatest Dharma; So too is all righteous violence.

  • #636128
    Unless we can encase the TajMahal is a giant glass dome, there is little that ASI can do, we cannot stop visitors, we cannot limit air pollution, we cannot stop the insects that live in the water around the Taj Mahal ( these are the ones that alleged give the greenish shade).

    What we need is to have to inputs of experts around the world in terms of maintaining the ancient monuments and get a fresh practical plan to reduce the pollution.
    At some hospitals, we are give disposable foot covers to be worn. These would be around 4-5 rupees each, if feasible, these can be given to visitors and add part of it to the entry ticket. We can try to have a radius of 10-20 kilometers or so which can be declared as a buffer zone for pollutants (water and air).

    With regards to the ownership of such heritage sites irrespective of any religion, it should be the Government of India and the religious board together so that we do not hurt the religious sentiments and at the same time not allow them to have a free hand.

  • #636173
    My question is at the time of Shahjahan was the Sunni Waqf board persist? the waqf board was established in the year 1964.
    We should understand the importance of wonder of the world Taj Mahal. We cannot blame only ASI for its maintenance. General awareness is necessary for the safety and protection of public properties.

    Honesty is the best policy.

  • #636215
    This is not a personal property but belongs to the government of India after independence. And so, definitely no options left for Sunni Waqf Board, but to complete handover to Archeological Survey of India. This has to be the final judgement or else this would coming up from time to time.

  • #636641
    This is not a property of a person or an organisation. It is the property of entire India and should be taken care of by the central Government and see that it will maintain its speciality. the government should see that the monument will maintain its speciality and should be an attraction of the tourists. ASI has been given the responsibility of the maintenance of the monument. But because of the conditions of the atmosphere and the pollution in the area, there are problems for this monument. They are definitely beyond the purview of the ASI. So the Scientists and technologists in India should work out a method and way to treat this monument which will bring back the glory to the building and it will be maintained further for many more years.
    drrao
    always confident


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