Minaret of Taj Mahal's entry gate collapses in heavy rain

Minaret of Taj Mahal's entry gate collapses in heavy rain”

Following the heavy rains that lashed onto the northern part of India on Thursday night, a 12-feet pillar at the entry gate of Taj Mahal, made of metal, crashed after the heavy rains and high winds lashed Agra in Uttar Pradesh. The pillar or "minaret" was located on the southern entry gate of the monument, and it fell due to the heavy downpour on Thursday past midnight, sources said. No casualties have been reported in the incident, as per ANI.

In a similar incident, about 50 km from Agra, three children died in Mathura district after a tin roof of their one-room house collapsed. This has even resulted in 80% crop damage.

A legal war between the Archeological Society of India (ASI) and Waqf board is underway regarding the ownership of the Taj Mahal. The Supreme Court on March 23, directed the Uttar Pradesh government to place before it a draft of vision document on protection and preservation of the Taj Mahal and environment in the Taj Trapezium Zone.

Advocate Vishnu Jain told ANI: "Sunni Central Waqf Board declared Taj Mahal as Waqf property in 2004 against which Archaeological survey of India filed an appeal".

A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra asked the counsel of the board to show it documents to substantiate that Shah Jahan, who had built the Taj Mahal in the memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal in 1631, had executed a "waqfnama" in favour of the board.

Previously in 2016, another one of the minarets of the Taj Mahal was reportedly damaged. Considered one of the most handsome monuments in the world, Taj Mahal has been dragged into several controversies in recent years.

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