Event near Taj violated SC guidelines: Greens

AGRA: A late evening musical event organised by Agra Development Authority (ADA) at Taj view point, just behind the iconic monument, on Wednesday has irked environmentalists, who claimed that this was violation of Supreme Court guidelines.
The apex court has barred any such event in the 500-meter periphery of the monument without authorisation from authorities concerned.
“They should have obtained clearance from competent authorities, including Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) and irrigation department before organising such an event in the periphery of the monument,” said Raman, an invitee member of Taj Trapezium Zone (TTZ) and of the Supreme Court monitoring committee.“The event violated the court’s guidelines,” he added.
The event, ‘Incredible Taj Concerts-Harmony’ was organised at Taj view and it included a ‘kavi sammelan’ (poetry recitation). It concluded at 8:30pm.
Environmental activist Dr Sharad Gupta said that after a concert by Yanni Chroyssomallis at Taj Mahal in 1997, the court had barred any such event within 500 metre of the monument.
“In future, abundant caution is needed for protection of the Taj and its environs. Such activities in the close neighbourhood (at least 500 metres around the periphery) should be permitted only after proper impact assessment,” the court had said.
Superintending Archeologist in Agra circle Vasant Swarnkar said that the area where the concert was organised doesn’t fall under ASI jurisdiction.
When contacted, vice chairman of Agra Development Authority, Dr Rajendra Pensiya, said that there was a crowd of only 50 people. “It was a small programme and no loud music was played,” he said.

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