Taj vision document shows Pakistan occupied Kashmir as disputed territory

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Taj vision document shows Pakistan occupied Kashmir as disputed territory

Siraj Qureshi

July 20, 2018

The vision document is a historical document which could become the comprehensive guideline for the development of Agra city. (Photo: Instagram/lokendra_snap)
A ‘vision document’ being prepared by the central government upon the instructions of the Supreme Court of India to protect the Taj Mahal from pollution and environmental damage for the next hundred years could land several top-level government officials in trouble.

The document, which has been prepared by the School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi, details the various steps that need to be taken in order to preserve the Taj Mahal for the next century.

However, this document also contains a grievous error in the form of a map of India that depicts PoK, Aksai Chin, and Arunachal Pradesh as disputed territories and not a part of India.

A senior administration official told India Today TV that depicting the wrong map of India is now a crime after the central government itself enacted this law last year, and it is ironical that a document which has purportedly been prepared at the behest of the central government by the School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi at the cost of Rs. 78 lakhs, contains not one, but nine such maps of India where parts of India have been displayed as disputed territories.

Volume – 3 of the document, pages 18 – 26 contain the maps depicting the area comprising of the Taj Trapezium Zone (TTZ) and all these pages depict the wrong map of India.

These pages contain maps of Heritage Sites in TTZ, Canal network, Education, Drinking Water, Estimated population by 2050, industries and borders. All these pages contain the wrong maps which is an offence punishable with imprisonment of up to 7 years and a fine from Rs. 10 lakh to 1 crore.

The vision document is a historical document which, if approved by the Supreme Court, could become the comprehensive guideline for the development of Agra city. But considering the grievous mistake made by the ‘experts’ in the map of India, it is clear that most of the ‘research’ conducted by these experts was not through actual reference documents, but through Google.

The maps used in the document were clearly lifted from Google and pasted in the document without checking them for authenticity. It is quite surprising that the same vision document has been circulated in various state and central ministries as well as the TTZ authority office, but nobody has pointed out this mistake yet.