Banning of vehicular movement through the Rajagopuram of the Sri Ranganathaswami Temple at Srirangam is among the decisions taken by the official authorities on Saturday as part of the measures to protect the structure. Bursting of crackers and lighting fireworks around the Rajagopuram and the temple will also not be permitted.

It was decided that these and other measures would be implemented within a fortnight. A technical team which surveyed the Rajagopuram on June 21 had submitted a preliminary report stating that the structure was safe and its stability was good and there need be no fear about safety.

Following this, a meeting was held by Chief Secretary K.S.Sripathi on Friday. Plugging small cracks using a mixture other than cement and epoxy, not permitting new construction, pile foundation or borewell within 40 metres from the temple and removal of encroachments around the temple were the other measures. Yet another decision was to study the base of the Rajagopuram using the Non-Penetration Radar jointly with the IIT, according to an official press release.

Bursting of crackers and lighting fireworks will also not be permitted