Delhi’s iconic Taj Mansingh Hotel (Taj Mahal hotel) must be auctioned, ordered the supreme Court on Thursday. The hotel, which is currently run by the Tata Group, will be given given six months as “breathing time” to vacate if its bid in the online auction is not the winning offer, added the apex court.

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The Tatas had been given a 33-year lease for the property in one of the most central parts of the capital. The contract ended in 2011. The Group’s hotel division was given nine extensions after that.

In a meeting conducted last year, which was headed by CM Arvind Kejriwal, decided that the hotel will be auctioned.

The Taj Mahal Hotel is a 5-star luxury hotel in Delhi. Located in Luytens’ Delhi, towards the southwest of India Gate, the 11-storey hotel is an example of Mughal architecture in the city and is constructed out of pink Dholpur sandstone and is set amidst gardens.

The hotel has 294 luxury rooms, including 27 deluxe suites. A heritage sight, it’s sad that a landmark structure that stood tall for so many years is between the tug and pull legal war.

The fate of the prestigious building will be decided after the e-auction.