“Sheer lethargy and apathy” of the authorities was making India lose tourists and foreign exchange despite having the Taj Mahal, as the Eiffel Tower of Paris was drawing eight times more tourists than the iconic mausoleum in Agra, the Supreme Court said on Wednesday.
Comparing the Taj and the Eiffel Tower, the court said that while only 10 million tourists had visited India last year, Paris was thronged by 80 million of them.
“There is the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Perhaps, it is nothing compared to Taj. 80 million people come there [Paris]. This is eight times more than what we have. You can destroy the Taj, we don’t want to do it,” a Bench of Justices Madan B. Lokur and Deepak Gupta said.
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