The Supreme Court of the country has given permission to build a new terminal at Agra's civil airport, but the court refused to allow the increase in air traffic due to the possibility of damage to the Taj Mahal and the environment. The court has asked the Central Government to take help of the Railways in this and consider running a luxury train like Palace on Wheels to take tourists to the Taj Protected Area (TTZ). Apart from this, the court has referred the matter of starting the Metro Rail Project in Agra to the Central Empowerment Committee (CEC) set up by the court and has sought a report from CEC on it in four weeks.
On Wednesday, this order was given by a bench of Chief Justice SA Bobde, BR Gavai and Suryakant during the hearing in the Taj Mahal conservation case. On Wednesday, senior advocate Ajit Kumar Sinha, appearing for the Airport Authority of India, sought permission to construct a new terminal in the Civil Enclave building at Agra Airport. He said that permission has been received from the TTZ Authority and the Union Ministry of Environment for this.
In its statement, the court said that prima facie they do not see any reason for not allowing it. At that time, MC Mehta objected that if the court allows it, then there will be increased air traffic there, the movement of airplanes will increase which will be harmful for the environment and the protected heritage Taj Mahal. On these arguments, the bench said that they cannot allow the increase of air traffic there.