New Delhi: Expressing concern about the security of historical monuments, the Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that no construction activities should be allowed within 100 meters of protected monuments in the national capital.

The court said, “Construction of multi-storey buildings within 100 meters of protected monuments is illegal. A large number of protected monuments have been facing the threat of extinction and if effective steps are not taken to check the same, these monuments may become part of history. One such monument is Jantar Mantar in New Delhi. Some of its instruments have become unworkable or non functional.”

A bench of Justice GS Singhvi and AK Ganguly passed the ruling while upholding an appeal filed by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) challenging the unauthorised construction of private apartments (Royal Apartment) near Jantar Mantar.

The Apex Court further stated, in the name of development and accommodating the need for multi-storey structures the Delhi High Court cannot issue a mandamus to the Central government to review or reconsider notification dated 16/6/1992.

Earlier, the High Court had also directed the Centre to review the provisions under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act 2010 for relaxing the norms to allow construction.

(JPN/Bureau)