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Updated: December 14, 2009 16:48 IST

Major electrical works underway at Meenakshi temple

Staff Reporter
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Electrical cable being laid near the South Tower of the Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple in Madurai on Monday.Photo: K. Ganesan.
Electrical cable being laid near the South Tower of the Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple in Madurai on Monday.Photo: K. Ganesan.

Major modernisation works of the electrical lines and power equipment at the Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple here is underway with the objective of upgrading the decades’-old existing network.

A Rs. 50 lakh-project is being implemented in a phased manner to remove the overhead cables in the temple and take them underground.

Upgrading the electrical equipment and lines would also reduce security risk, K. Rajanayagam, Joint Commissioner of Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments (HR and CE) Department and Executive Officer of Temple, told The Hindu here on Monday.

All the overhead cables that are plying in a chaotic manner between the towers and the main temple structure would be removed during the modernisation works. They would no longer be an eyesore inside the temple, he said.

Further, the old equipment at the power house from where the power to the entire temple is being routed is also being replaced with ‘state-of-the-art’ ones.

The older generators would be replaced soon with two modern 125 Kilo Volt (KV) generators. In keeping with the current need of contributing positively to the climate, both the generators would be environment friendly.

Mr. Rajanayagam said that the air break switch, which controls the flow of 11,000 volts to the temple, is also being replaced with a modern breaker – the Vacuum Circuit Breaker. Apart from minimising the fault levels greatly, this latest equipment is also not prone to corrosion and break-downs.

Some other works include the laying of granite flooring near the North Adi – West Adi streets’ Junction, where an old ‘mandapam’ was removed some time ago, he said.

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