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NGO questions online campaign for the Taj

NGO questions online campaign for the Taj

A Hyderabad based NGO has questioned the necessity of online polls for seven wonders.

New Delhi: Amidst the hype over a cyber poll for the seven wonders of the world, including the Taj Mahal, a Hyderabad based NGO on Saturday questioned its necessity when UNESCO has already given world heritage status to the 17th century monument of love.

"It is unfortunate that the people are being misled by some organisations to vote for Taj Mahal as it would lose its seven wonder status which is wrong because Taj Mahal as per UNESCO was already given a status of world heritage site in 1983, “ PTI quoted Raghunandan Kumar, Secretary of Planetary Society of India, as saying.

No private or public opinion can snatch the heritage status away from the Taj Mahal.

He said UNESCO has already given a statement distancing itself from the present campaign.

Raghunandan said some private agencies are gaining out of the campaign unleashed on the new seven wonders of the world and people are spending money to vote through e-mails and SMS.

Moreover, the campaign will not reflect everyone's opinion since access to SMS and e-mails lies with people having Internet and cell phone facilities.

first published:July 07, 2007, 21:18 IST