22 Rooms Locked in Taj Mahal: There is a dispute over the opening of 22 rooms locked in the basement of the Taj Mahal, but the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has released some pictures of these rooms.
On May 12, the Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court dismissed an application seeking an exploratory inquiry and the opening of 22 closed rooms to bring out the 'history' of the Taj Mahal. After the court order, the ASI officials said that there is no secret in these rooms.
These rooms are only part of the structure. These are not exclusive to the Taj Mahal. Such rooms were built from time to time by the Mughal rulers. Humayun's Tomb in Delhi is also similar.
The photos of the basement rooms have been released in the ASI newsletter. In this newsletter, it is said that 'repair work of the basement rooms on the river bank has been done.
The damaged and broken plaster in the rooms was again repaired. ASI officials say that its newsletter has been publicly available since January. He released it on his website on May 5 last and also tweeted from his Twitter handle on May 9.
According to reports, ASI officials of the Agra circle said that every month each circle sends a report on the work done by it. These are later included in the ASI newsletter.
Officials said that between December 2021 and February 2022, the repair work of these closed rooms of the Taj Mahal was done. These pictures are from December 2021.
Even after this, a lot of work was done in these rooms and photographs were taken. Other photographs may be included in the next section of the newsletter.
The official said, 'It is not only about the Taj Mahal. We have also done repair work in Jama Masjid, Agra Fort. Photos of repairs here have also been published in this issue.
Hearing the matter, the Lucknow Bench last Thursday said that it is not for the court to direct which subject needs to be researched or studied.
The issues are out of court and must be done by various methods. It should be left to historians. The High Court says that the petition for setting up a fact-finding committee to find out the real truth behind the construction of the Taj Mahal is a non-judicial issue.