Monitoring committee to review weekly progress of temporary repair works

The temporary renovation of Thrissur Sree Vadakkunnatha Temple will be completed within a month.

An emergency meeting convened by P.C. Chacko, MP, took the decision here on Saturday. A monitoring committee was formed to review the weekly progress of the work.

The meeting stressed the need for urgent repair of the temple before the Thrissur pooram, which will be celebrated on May 1.

The temple needs long-term and temporary repair works. The South and East gopuras are in damaged state.

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) will renovate the South gopura. The superintending engineer of the ASI will visit temple on Monday. The maintenance of the East gopura will be undertaken jointly by the Cochin, Thiruvamabdi and the Paramekkavu Devaswoms with the permission of the ASI.

A monitoring panel with the District Collector, ASI, representatives of the Cochin, Paramekkavu and Thiruvambadi devaswoms, and the temple welfare committee as members will monitor the work.

The meeting was attended by District Collector P.M. Francis, Mayor I.P. Paul, Therambil Ramakrishnan, MLA, Cochin Devaswom Board president M.C.S. Menon, representatives of Thiruvambadi and Paramekkavu devaswoms, ASI superintendent N. Nambirajan and temple management committee members.

Meanwhile, Justice (retired) R. Bhaskaran, the Ombudsman for the Travancore and Cochin Devaswom Boards, visited the Sree Vadakkunnathan Temple on Saturday.

He visited the areas of temple premises that needed urgent maintenance works. He suggested that more trees be grown on Thekkinkadu maidan.

The Cochin Devaswom Board had submitted a Rs.36 lakh project for the repair of the Theertha Kulam. He would submit a detailed report to the High Court in a week. The visit was on the request of temple welfare committee.

The meeting stressed the need for repairing the temple before the Thrissur pooram.