The Madras High Court Bench here on Friday closed a public interest litigation petition filed by former DMK Minister N. Suresh Rajan for maintaining the 133-feet tall Thiruvalluvar statue in Kanyakumari district after recording the State Government’s submission that it had already called for tenders to provide protective coating to the sculpture.

A Division Bench comprising Justice M. Jaichandren and Justice S. Nagamuthu closed the case after recording the submissions made by Special Government Pleader M. Govindan that the Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation (TTDC) had issued a notification on Tuesday calling for tenders for the civil work estimated to cost Rs. 85 lakh.

In his petition, the former Minister had said that the statue was situated on an island rock near the meeting pointing of Bay of Bengal, Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean.

It was constructed at a cost of Rs. 10 crore between 1990 and 1999. It stood 400 metres away from the coastline of Kanyakumari and a ferry service was being operated for the tourists to reach the spot.

Claiming that the statue must be provided with a protective coating once in four years to prevent damage due to corrosion from sea breeze, sunlight and rain, the petitioner said that the coating work was due last year.

But the officials concerned failed to carry out the works on time and it has posed a great threat to the life of the tourists visiting the island rock, he said.

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