Apparently in a goof-up by the private company which is entrusted by the government to process notices, Taj Mahal and Agra Fort have received three notices between them demanding property tax and water bills.
ASI’s superintending archaeologist in Agra, Raj Kumar Patel said that two notices are received for the Taj Mahal and one for the Agra Fort.
The 17th Century Mughal monument is considered one of the wonders of the world. One of the chief tourist attractions, Taj Mahal draws millions of tourists every year. Mughal emperor Shahjahan built the monument known for it’s timeless beauty and symmetry in the memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal.
On the other hand, the Agra fort, also a UNESCO world heritage site was built by the Mughal emperor Akbar.Mughal emperors resided there until 1638.
However, the monument is served notices for property tax and water bills for the first time in its history. Archeological Survey of India (ASI) think it to be a mistake. The ASI has been asked to pay Rs. 1 crore in outstanding dues. Rs. 5 crore rupees tax notice is also served to the Agra Fort premises.
Laws in Uttar Pradesh and other states have provisions that property tax or house tax or water tax is not applicable to monument premises. The lawns maintained inside the Taj complex are for public service.
An investigation had been ordered into how the notices had been issued.