A bench comprising Justices T S Thakur and C Nagappan also rued that the quality of work done today around the Taj site with all the facilities, did not match the historic monument built with bare hands, chisels and hammer.

The bench took into account a letter written by apex court judge, Justice Kurien Joseph, who had pointed out that Taj was under threat from pollution due to smoke emanating from the crematorium.

The Apex Court noted that despite several previous orders to the Agra Nagar Nigam and Agra Development Authority 'nothing meaningful' has been done and the public crematorium continues to be at present location resulting in possible damage to the historic monument.

It directed Advocate General Vijay Bahadur Singh, appearing for Uttar Pradesh government, to seek instructions on the issue and file appropriate response.

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