New Delhi: Miffed at Mayawati government`s
response in dealing with the environment threat posed to the
historic Taj Mahal, the Supreme Court on Tuesday wondered whether
it was duty of courts to ensure safety of monuments in the
"The monument is in your state. But this is how you
take care of your monument? Is it the duty of the Supreme
Court to take care of it? No one seems to be interested," a
bench of justices DK Jain and AR Dave lamented.
The apex court made the observation while directing the
State and Archaeological Survey of India(ASI) to file within
two weeks additional affidavits on the steps take to protect
the ancient monument from perceived threat to its foundation
due to inadequate supply of water from the Yamuna.
The bench expressed its displeasure at the affidavit
filed by the State in pursuant to its October 14 direction on
"We do not understand anything from your affidavit.
You have not stated whether you are getting sufficient water
from the river," the bench said.
The apex court also wanted the latest survey report
pertaining to the monument conducted by the ASI and the
Central Building Research Institute to be placed before it by
the date of the next hearing.
Counsel Vijay Panjwani, appearing for the Central
Pollution Control Board, complained that the State was
consistently ignoring the directives of the apex court on
protecting the monument.
Another counsel Ajay Agrawal said though the apex court
had on December 30, 1996, given a directive to the State to
construct a barrage for ensuring adequate water supply to the
monument, no steps have been taken till date.