Friday, December 06, 2019

Court asks Centre to build another airport in Agra, away from the Taj Mahal

The Supreme Court has asked the Centre to plan a bigger airport away from the main city of Agra in order to protect the Taj Mahal from the pollution that would be caused by air traffic. Reportedly, the Centre has put forth a proposal to expand the existing Agra airport.

A bench of Justice B R Gavai, Surya Kant and Chief Justice SA Bobde were united with environmental lawyer MC Mehta in his objection to the expansion of Agra airport, which, he said, would increase the number of aircraft leading to more pollution. On the other hand, senior advocate Ajit Sinha, on behalf of the Airports Authority of India (AAI), said that AAI aims to construct an additional terminal to serve the air passengers in a better way.
The bench did not see any reason to permit the construction of another terminal, and voiced its opinion by saying that it is better that the Central looks for another site to build a new airport in the city to deal with increased air traffic.
06/12/19 Times Travel
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