Agra: A pillar at the entry gate of Taj Mahal, considered one of the seven wonders of the world, collapsed in the wee hours of Thursday after heavy rains lashed several parts of 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. The 12-feet metal pillar at the entry gate also referred to Darwaza-e-Rauza, collapsed in the early hours of today, with the minaret and the dome on it breaking into several pieces. The wind speed during the thunderstorm crossed 100 km per hour, according to news reports. No casualties have been reported in the incident, as per ANI.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Sunni Waqf Board to present papers signed by Mughal ruler Shah Jahan after they claimed that Taj Mahal is owned by the king in the ownership battle case against the Archeological Survey of India (ASI). In a week’s time, the board has to produce documents with the signatures of Shah Jahan, who built the historical monument in the memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. The monument that is a symbol of love is in the middle of the battle of ownership.
The apex court has directed, in a 2010 appeal filed by the ASI, the Sunni Waqf board to support its claims with documents that the Mughal ruler had signed after the completion of the monument. The Sunni board has claimed that the sole owner of Taj Mahal is held by Shah Jahan, who in the waqf nama, passed it on to them. Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra has told the board that issues of such kind should not waste the time of the court. “Who in India will believe it belongs to the waqf board?” asked CJI.
Meanwhile, in another rain-related incident, three children died in Mathura district on Wednesday after a tin roof of their one-room house collapsed, ANI reported. The incident took place some 50 kilometers away from Agra, and the parents of the children, who are daily wage laborers, were not at home at the time of the accident.