India, Agra: The 197 crore (USD 42 million) project of Akhilesh Yadav, the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, began a couple of years back in the Tajganj area near the Taj Mahal.
The private electricity distributor company Torrent Power Ltd. was given Rs. 17 crores (USD 3.65 million) to shift its powerlines by the end of October 2016, but the company has failed to comply with the agreement with the state government in that respect and has even resorted to damaging whatever development work has been done so far in the area.
On the Taj Mahal's eastern gate, the company shifted a power transformer from one place to another and dug up a duct for the HV cable. The duct collapsed in a couple of days of rain and the road has been lying damaged since then, seriously affecting tourist traffic. Several vehicles actually got stuck in the damaged part of the road and tourists barely escaped injury. Similarly, a duct dug at the Taj Mahal's eastern gate has resulted in the blockage of a storm drain and has caused waterlogging, with the water entering the Taj Mahal's premises.