The newly-elected member of Madurai South Assembly constituency R. Annadurai has called for filling vacancies in the Tirumalai Naick Palace (‘Mahal') which comes under the control of Department of Archaeology and strengthening the maintenance of this monument.

In a letter to the Commissioner of Archaeology, he said that a total of 13 posts in the Mahal were lying vacant with some lying unfilled for years together.

In a place visited by thousands, the sanitation facilities were vital and these posts should be filled on a priority basis. Besides calling for providing adequate drinking water facilities, he also appealed for measures to prevent water-logging during rains.

Mr. Annadurai also wanted a police outpost to be established besides laying paver blocks around the Mahal, as had been done around the Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple.

The Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader pointed out that this monument attracted anywhere between 2,000 to 3,000 visitors on an average day with a few thousand more on holidays.

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