No danger to Taj Mahal: Selja tells Parliament

Last Updated: Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - 13:40

New Delhi: Dismissing media reports that Taj
Mahal was facing danger of collapse, the Government on Tuesday said
scientific studies done by premier institutes have reinforced
the fact that the 17th century Monument of Love is "quite
stable".

Culture Minister Kumari Selja said the media reports
about the monument built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan did not
have any "scientific basis".

Scientific studies conducted by Archaeological Survey of
India, Survey of India and Central building Research Institute
have concluded that Taj Mahal, including its four minarets, is
"quite stable" in plan as well as elevation, Selja told Lok
Sabha in a written reply.

She was responding to a question on media reports,
especially in foreign newspapers, that Taj Mahal was in
danger.

The Minister said conservation work at Taj Mahal is an
ongoing process and those things are attended to continuously
depending upon the need of repairs and availability of
resources.

"The monument is regularly monitored by conducting
essential studies," she said.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - 13:34

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