Agra Development Authority to remove all business activities within 500 meters from the boundary/peripheral of Taj Mahal: Supreme Court

Agra Development Authority to remove all business activities within 500 meters from the boundary/peripheral of Taj Mahal: Supreme Court

The Supreme Court on Monday directed the Agra Development Authority to remove all business activities within 500 meters from the boundary/peripheral wall of the monument Taj Mahal which shall be in tune with Article 14 of the Constitution of India.

The division bench of Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice Abhay S. Oka made the order while hearing an interlocutory application.

There were two prayers made by the applicant namely prayer A and prayer B.

Prayer A reads that the Agra Development Authority be directed to remove all business activities within 500 meters from the boundary/peripheral wall of the monument Taj Mahal which shall be in tune with Article 14 of the Constitution of India. 

In addition Prayer ‘B’ reads that the Agra Development Authority is to be directed not to charge arbitrarily increased exorbitant license fees @ Rs. 3000/- per month and may resort to reasonable increase in monthly license fees only after reconstruction of 71 shops as per March 2007 Plan submitted by HUDCO and after providing all the facilities like water, electricity, approach road, sewerage, washrooms and other facilities of public utilities.

The division bench accepted Prayer A and directed the Agra Development Authority to remove all business activities within 500 meters from the boundary/peripheral wall of the monument Taj Mahal which shall be in tune with Article 14 of the Constitution of India.

Further it rejected the Prayer B.

Case title: M.C. Mehta v/s Union of India & Ors.

Citation: Writ Petition(s)(Civil) No(s). 13381/1984

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