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MAKING A POINT: HR and CE Minister KR. Periakaruppan (second from right) inspecting the Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple in Madurai on Friday. PHOTO: S. JAMES
MAKING A POINT: HR and CE Minister KR. Periakaruppan (second from right) inspecting the Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple in Madurai on Friday. PHOTO: S. JAMES

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Renovation works will be undertaken on a war footing, assures Minister

MADURAI: A high-level team led by the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Minister, KR. Periakaruppan, inspected the cracks that developed in some structures of the Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple here.

The renovation works in the temple would be accorded "high priority and undertaken on a war footing," said the Minister here on Friday. Experts would ascertain the cause of cracks and evolve strategies to rectify them at the earliest.

"A sum of Rs. 5 crore has been allotted. It will be utilised for renovation works. Minor works such as correcting the wiring and leaks, reported in some parts, will also be attended to. The Tourism Department has sanctioned funds for renovating the Thousand Pillar Hall in the temple," said Mr. Periakaruppan.

"The cracks have not developed suddenly. They are there since 1991. The Chief Minister has shown a keen interest over this issue," he said.

On the possible causes for the cracks, he said that the clay soil beneath the temple could be one reason. About 10 to 15 cracks along the statues, pillars and beams were spotted, he added.

Karumuttu T. Kannan, Managing Director of Thiagarajar Mills, R. Karpoorasundarapandian, HR and CE Secretary, T. Pitchandi, HR and CE Commissioner and Joint Commissioner and Executive Officer of the Temple T. Swaminathan, the newly-elected MLA from the Central constituency S.S. Ghouse Basha also went around the temple premises.

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