What to know about the building of the Taj Mahal
The Taj Mahall heritage building that has been the centrepiece of Indian architecture for more than 200 years is finally being demolished, the government said on Thursday.
In a bid to clear the site of damage, a team of more than 50 officials and contractors are working on dismantling the structure, which has been a symbol of the country’s cultural heritage since its construction.
It will be dismantled in the coming days, said the Department of Environment and Forests.
The demolition of the structure comes after a five-year-long court battle between the government and the architect, the Taj House Trust, over a disputed portion of the building.
In 2015, a court in Mumbai ruled that the government had failed to follow the law and that the structure should be demolished.
The court said that in order to clear a space for the Taj, the architect had neglected to consult with the Indian National Institute of Architecture (INAI), the government agency responsible for heritage preservation.
The INAI is responsible for ensuring that all buildings on the site meet the criteria set by the Architectural Heritage Protection Act, 1949, the court said.
The government had filed a petition challenging the court’s ruling.
In 2016, the Supreme Court also said that the design of the house was flawed and its use should have been made more sustainable.
(Reuters)Earlier, the site was under construction at a cost of about $4.5 million.
It was intended to serve as a tourist attraction and was completed in 2017.
The Taj is a cultural icon and the Taj has become a symbol for India’s unity and diversity.
The construction of the first phase of the project was completed earlier this year.
The final phase will be completed by 2021.