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SC asks UP govt to encourage electric cremation at the burning ground near Taj Mahal

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Uttar Pradesh government to encourage the people to opt for electric cremation instead of going for the traditional method to cremate their dead ones at a cremation ground in the vicinity of the Taj Mahal.

Asking the Uttar Pradesh government to make electric cremation free from January 1, a bench of Chief Justice T.S. Thakur and Justice C. Nagappan said that people should be made aware of the importance of opting for the electric crematorium in order to save the Taj Mahal from the smoke emitting from the traditional method of cremation.

Its suggestion came as the state government expressed its difficulty in stopping the traditional method of cremation at the cremation ground near Taj Mahal as it involved the beliefs and sentiments of the people.

The court said that the Central Pollution Control Board would suggest the methods that could be adopted so that the emission of smoke from burning pyres could be minimized.

Asking the Uttar Pradesh government to make a comprehensive plan for the development and beautification of the entire area, including the cremation ground, the court said that people needed to be made aware of the hazards that smokes from traditional methods of cremation is causing to historic monuments.

The court order came in the course of the hearing in the wake of a letter from Justice Kurian Joseph – a sitting judge of the apex court – pointing out the danger to the Taj Mahal from the smoke and ash flying from the cremation ground located about 500 meters from the historic monument.

Justice Joseph noticed this during his recent visit to Taj Mahal. (IANS)

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Haryana Minister calls Taj Mahal a ‘beautiful kabristan’

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Chandigarh, October 20: Joining the league of those making controversial statements on the Taj Mahal, senior Haryana Minister Anil Vij on Friday termed the marble monument as a “beautiful cemetery”.

“Taj Mahal ek khoobsurat kabristan hai,” Vij tweeted on Friday.

Vij, who is the cabinet Minister for Health and Sports in the BJP government in Haryana, is known for making controversial tweets and statements.

BJP leader Sangeet Som triggered a controversy last week by saying that the Taj Mahal was a blot on Indian culture. The Taj, a Unesco World Heritage Site and one of the seven wonders of the world, is visited by lakhs of people from across the world.

In a damage control exercise, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday said the famed monument in Agra was a part of Indian heritage and he is to visit it on October 26.

The 17th-century marble monument was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan for his wife Mumtaz Mahal. Both were buried at the Taj Mahal.

Adityanath, whose BJP government in Uttar Pradesh has been accused of ignoring Taj Mahal in the tourism booklet of the state, said that the monument was constructed “by the blood and sweat of Indian laborers”.(IANS)

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