14 Jul 2020

Taj Trapezium Zone (TTZ)Quick read

Recently the Supreme court of India lifted its earlier interim order imposing a complete ban on construction, industrial activities and felling of trees in the Taj Trapezium Zone (TTZ). Supreme Court was hearing a plea filed by environmentalist MC Mehta pertaining to the protection of Taj Mahal, the fragile ecosystem surrounding it and construction in the Taj Trapezium Zone (TTZ)

Taj Trapezium Zone (TTZ)

  • It is a defined area of 10,400 sq km around the Taj Mahal to protect the monument from pollution.
  • The Supreme Court of India delivered a ruling on December 30, 1996, regarding industries covered under the TTZ, in response to a PIL seeking to protect the Taj Mahal from environmental pollution.
  • It banned the use of coal/ coke in industries located in the TTZ with a mandate for switching over from coal/ coke to natural gas, and relocating them outside the TTZ or shutting down.
  • The TTZ comprises monuments including three World Heritage Sites the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri.
  • TTZ is so named since it is located around the Taj Mahal and is shaped like a trapezoid.
  • It has four-zone which named ad Red, Green, Orange and White

Powers of TTZ

  • Monitor the progress of implementation of various schemes for protection of the Taj Mahal and programmes for protection and improvement of the environment in Taj Trapezium Zone
  • Exercise powers under section 5 of the Environment Protection Act, 1986
  • Take all necessary steps to ensure compliance of specified emission standards by motor vehicles and ensuring compliance of fuel quality standards.
  • Deal with any environmental issue which may be referred to it by the Central Government or the State Governments of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan relating to the Taj Trapezium Zone.

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