Friday 25 April 2014
News updated at 9:48 AM IST
Weather
Max: 34.6°C
Min : 22.7°C
In Bangalore
Generally cloudy

ASI cautions UP govt on road work around Taj

New Delhi: July 15, 2013, DHNS:

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) on Monday cautioned the Uttar Pradesh government against carrying out an infrastructure development project around the Taj Mahal. It contended that raising bitumen roads around the 17th century structure could lead to stagnation of water, affecting its foundation.

“If the continuous addition of layers of bitumen is not checked, the high level of road will become an eyesore in a few years. This will become a serious issue of visual integrity too.
“The stagnation of water in the forecourt will not only obstruct the easy flow of visitors but also affect the foundations of structures like dalans and main entrance gate located around the eastern forecourt of the structure),” the ASI submitted in the Supreme Court.

In an affidavit, it sought specific modifications to the state government’s “Urban conversation and Infrastructure Development” project in the area around the Taj Mahal.
“The Taj Mahal is located on the riverfront. Therefore, the area around the monument acts as a catchment and the rainwater of this area drains naturally towards the Taj complex. While some portion of the run-off water is diverted through  the available drains, some gets diverted through the southern, western and eastern gateways into the forecourt of the Taj Mahal complex and inundates it.

“This problem is further complicated by the rising levels of the eastern and western approach roads. The level of the road is being raised every year by adding thick courses of bitumen. As on today, the forecourt is about 75 cm below the eastern approach road. The roads are sloped to match the inner levels of the complex. This facilitates easy flow of surface run-off water into the Taj Mahal,” it contended.


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
A digital image called 'Venus, 1985' created by Andy Warhol retrieved from disk 1998.3.2129.3.22...

A digital image called 'Venus, 1985' created by Andy Warhol retrieved from disk 1998.3.2129.3.22...

Crew members of Colombian-registered sailing ship Gloria stand on the ship's masts during a...

Crew members of Colombian-registered sailing ship Gloria stand on the ship's masts during a...

A rainbow appears over the sky of the city of Sao Paulo April 24, 2014. Sao Paulo is one of the...

A rainbow appears over the sky of the city of Sao Paulo April 24, 2014. Sao Paulo is one of the...

27 year old white polar bear Uslada shakes off water in her pool at the Leningrad Zoo in St...

27 year old white polar bear Uslada shakes off water in her pool at the Leningrad Zoo in St...

U.S. President Barack Obama waves from Air Force One as he departs Haneda International Airport...

U.S. President Barack Obama waves from Air Force One as he departs Haneda International Airport...

Singer-songwriter, Leslie Grace arrives at the 2014 Billboard Latin Music Awards on Thursday...

Singer-songwriter, Leslie Grace arrives at the 2014 Billboard Latin Music Awards on Thursday...

A model of a pink fisherman and bicycle are positioned on a rock in the Irish Sea near the...

A model of a pink fisherman and bicycle are positioned on a rock in the Irish Sea near the...

Actress Emma Stone arrives for 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' premiere in New York April 24, 2014...

Actress Emma Stone arrives for 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' premiere in New York April 24, 2014...

A girl leaps over headstones at the Jakarta War Cemetery following the ANZAC Day dawn service in...

A girl leaps over headstones at the Jakarta War Cemetery following the ANZAC Day dawn service in...

A fire-fighter walks past a school bus leaning against a eucalyptus tree after it veered off the...

A fire-fighter walks past a school bus leaning against a eucalyptus tree after it veered off the...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bangalore - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523