The Taj Mahal draws thousands of tourists from India and overseas each year. It also criticised the Uttar Pradesh government for its failure to come out with a vision document to preserve and protect the monument.
The apex court said that authorities have been lethargic towards the upkeep of the Taj Mahal.
A bench of justices M.B. Lokur and Deepak Gupta said no concrete steps have been taken by the government, despite a parliamentary standing committee report on Taj Mahal's protection. Taj Mahal has to be protected. "Our Taj is more attractive".
The Supreme Court had earlier this year blamed the Archeological Survey of India for its failure to take appropriate steps to protect and preserve the iconic monument built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal.
The Uttar Pradesh government had earlier told the bench that it would place before the court a draft of vision document on protection and preservation of the Taj Mahal but it has failed to do so even after more than six months.
Comparing the Eiffel Tower in Paris to the Taj Mahal, the judges said: "Eighty million go to watch Eiffel Tower, which looks like a TV Tower".
In May this year, the court had already instructed the government to seek foreign help to fix the "worrying change in colour" of the marble structure.
It has already shut down thousands of factories near the monument, but activists say the white marble is still losing lustre.
"Do you realise the loss caused to the country due to your apathy?", observed the bench.
Also, the chairman of the Taj Trapezium Zone (TTZ) was to explain the violation of the court's ban on the expansion of industrial units in the zone.
The bench said it will hear the matter on day-to-day basis from July 31.