Taj Mahal one of the seven wonders of the world attracts many visitors per day. But there is a bad news for those who are planning to visit Taj Mahal. Today in the early morning due to heavy rain and strong winds one of the pillars of this monument collapsed. According to the report till now nobody is injured or killed in the incident.
The pillar was located on the southern entry gate of the Taj Mahal. The metal pillar was 12 feet long standing at the south entry gate called as Darwaza-e-Rauza. According to the weather report, the speed of the stormy winds during thunderstorm crossed 100 km per hour.
The incident took place due to heavy rain in several parts of Uttar Pradesh on Thursday past midnight. The pillar of Taj Mahal which collapsed at midnight broke the minaret and dome placed on it into multiple pieces.
ASI stopped restoration work at the Taj Mahal
According to the study done by ASI in January, Taj Mahal is losing its shine and structure due to increase in the pollution levels in Agra. The corrosive nature of the air pollutants is harming the surface of this monument. The Taj Mahal has started showing the signs of aging and exhaustion.
Later ASI temporarily stopped its restoration work of Taj Mahal in October 2017. They took the help of the engineers of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT). According to them, the continuous mud pack use to clean the white marble of the Taj Mahal is damaging the structure of it.
The incident took place when ASI was taking several steps to preserve the monument. The government has closed the entrance to the Taj Mahal for about three hours in order to reduce the human load on this damaged monument.
Sunni Waqf boards own the Taj Mahal
This iconic heritage site is maintained by the Archeological Society of India (ASI). The ASI has appealed to the Supreme Court to sort out the decision regarding the ownership of Taj Mahal. As from the past few days, there have been many conflicts going on regarding the ownership of this seven wonder of the world. The Uttar Pradesh Sunni Waqf board’s claims Taj Mahal as their own property.
According to the Waqf board, the Mughal emperor Shahjahan himself signed the document in which it was written that Taj Mahal belongs to them. The Supreme Court yesterday asked the Sunni Waqf Board to show those documents in court which says that Taj Mahal is your property.
The Supreme Court further said that nobody in India will believe the false story created by the Sunni Waqf board. Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud, the member of the constitution bench said that they are just wasting the time of Supreme Court.
ASI submitted the report to the Supreme Court which shows that the Taj Mahal was taken by British and after independence ASI is taking care of it.
Looking towards the safety and protection of Taj Mahal along with the environment in Taj Trapezium Zone, Supreme Court asked the Uttar Pradesh government to submit the document regarding protection and preservation of the monument to it.
The Uttar Pradesh Government is working on the documents which focus on the safety and security of this century monument. The bench of justices including Madan B Lokur, Kurian Joseph, and Deepak Gupta provided four week’s time to them in order to complete the documentation work.
Another rain-related incident in Mathura
Another similar incident took place at about 50km away from Agra in the Mathura district on Wednesday. Three children died after a tin roof of the single room house collapsed due to heavy rain. The incident took place when the daily wage laborers were out for their work leaving their children at home.
Also because of heavy rain, there has been a wide loss to the farmers as their crops got damaged. These are Nandgaon, Vrindavan, Kosi Kalan areas of Mathura district. Other areas of Uttar Pradesh including Lucknow, Kanpur, Mathura, Kannauj, Farukkhabad, Etawah and Mainpuri have also been affected by heavy rain.
According to the weather forecasting, the weather will remain same for the next 24 hours due to low-pressure depression in some part of the states. Many areas might hit by a dust storm.