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SC expresses concern over Taj Mahal being infested by insects; pulls up ASI
On Wednesday, the Supreme Court of India came down heavily on the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) for not taking appropriate steps for protecting the Taj Mahal.

ASI, the body entrusted with the preservation of the iconic mausoleum has blamed dirty socks and algae for it. The glittering white monument has lately been turning green and white at places.

An ASI official said, "The floor in parts of the Taj is dirty because of people walking there. We don't give socks to everyone, only those who don't have, the rest go in their own socks."

The apex court asked, "But how has algae reached the top parts?"

"It flew there," responded ASI, to which the court replied, "Can algae fly?"

The SC also expressed concern over Taj Mahal being infested by insects. ASI told the top court that the insect infestation was due to stagnant water of the river Yamuna.

Rebuking the ASI, the Supreme Court said that the problem is that 'ASI is not willing to accept' that there is a problem.

A bench comprising of Justices MB Lokur and Deepak Gupta while hearing a petition filed by environmentalist MC Mehta expressed surprise at ASI's response and told the Additional Solicitor General ANS Nadkarni, who was appearing on behalf of the Centre that the they (Centre) should decide whether ASI is needed there or not.

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