The Uttar Pradesh government has filed the first draft report of its vision document on protection and preservation of the Taj Mahal in the Supreme Court and said the entire precinct should be declared a no-plastic zone and all polluting industries in the region closed. The Uttar Pradesh government mentioned the matter before a bench of Justices M B Lokur and Deepak Gupta.
It may be remembered here that on July 11th, the SC had lashed out at the state government for its apathy towards the 17th century Mughal era monument, considered one of the wonders of the world. The Uttar Pradesh government told the apex court that the entire Taj Mahal precinct should be declared a no-plastic zone. The use of bottled water inside should also be prohibited, it said.
The state government said all polluting industries in region should be closed, while more tourism hubs should be created. The draft also touched upon a comprehensive traffic management plan which was needed to promote pedestrian movement in the Taj heritage precinct. It is also mentioned in the draft vision document that the roads along Yamuna riverfront should be planned in such a way that the traffic is limited and pedestrian movement encouraged.
The draft vision document also said that there should be no construction on the Yamuna floodplain and the riverbank should only have natural plantations.