Indian Supreme Court orders a prohibition on commercial activity within 500 meters of the Taj Mahal

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The Supreme Court of India has issued an order prohibiting all commercial activities within 500 meters of Agra’s Taj Mahal. The order has sparked debate, as hundreds of commercial establishments located near the iconic structure face uncertainty.
Within 500 meters of the Mahal, there are several shops, emporiums, hotels, and restaurants.

The order was issued on Monday, and the Supreme Court directed the Agra Development Authority (ADA) to take immediate action and halt all commercial activities. Every year, thousands of tourists visit the structure, which is a World Heritage Site.
The order was issued after a group of shopkeepers filed a petition after being relocated from their original location to a new location. The group complained that they were asked to leave while commercial activities were still taking place in the area. The Supreme Court’s decision will have an impact on at least 500 commercial establishments in the Taj Ganj area.

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According to a rough estimate, this action could result in the layoff of 50,000 people. People are now considering filing a review petition with the Supreme Court. The ADA, on the other hand, has already begun a survey and listing of all commercial establishments.
The area within 500 meters of the monument appears to be a no-construction zone, with no vehicles permitted.

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