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No commercial activities within a 500m radius of Taj Mahal order Supreme Court

Recently, the Supreme Court of India ordered that there will be a ban on all commercial activities within the 500m range of the world-famous Taj Mahal in Agra.

Several commercial outlets operate in and around the Taj Mahal and this order has triggered controversy as uncertainty looms for the owners.

There are several shops, emporiums, hotels and restaurants within a 500 m radius of the Mahal.

The World Heritage Site, the structure is visited by lakhs of tourists every year and the order on Monday where Supreme Court asked Agra Development Authority (ADA) to immediately take the action and stop all commercial activities.

The SC’s order will affect at least 500 commercial outlets in the Taj Ganj region. The order comes after a group of shopkeepers filed a petition because they were shifted from their original location to a new place. The group complained that they were asked to move out, while several commercial activities are still going on in the area.

The region within 500 m of the monument is also a no-construction zone, and no vehicle is allowed in the area.

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