To be given for providing better infrastructure facilities
Subramaniaswamy Temple in Tiruchendur, the second abode of Lord Murugan, is likely to be graded with an ISO certification in a few days. It will certainly add a new dimension to the temple. A team of officials made an on-the-spot assessment, recently on the temple premises. The ISO certificate, which is deemed a significant accomplishment, would be conferred within a week for providing better infrastructural facilities to devotees and also for maintaining cleanliness, C. Devadasasundaram, Chairman of the Temple Trust told ‘The Hindu' on Wednesday.
The sea shore was also maintained neat and tidy since adequate toilet facilities had been made. “Maintaining cleanliness on the temple premises is our primary responsibility. With the influx of devotees at the temple every day, tourists are also expecting further developments to suit their requirements,” Mr. Devadasasundaram said.
More facilities would be augmented with the extension of infrastructural developments. Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Ministry had sanctioned funds for establishing 60 more suites. ‘Shasti Mandapam' would also be made available at a cost of Rs. 1 crore. “Since the number of vehicles is on the rise in Tiruchendur, a dormitory block with necessary facilities including restaurant has also been sanctioned to accommodate devotees and drivers. Four more dormitory blocks have been proposed. As many as 250 persons could be accommodated in a block. To reduce difficulties in parking of vehicles, parking lot will also be provided with,” Mr. Devadasasundaram said.
More importantly, the State government had given approval for establishing a new Polytechnic College, which would be managed by the Temple Trust. Works would be taken up this year itself. On a mission to serve the community, the trust was obliged to render assistance to people. A total of 25 acres of land had been allocated for setting up the college in Tiruchendur. The government had directed the Trust management to spend Rs. 15 crore for the construction of buildings, he added.
“The temple has witnessed a three-fold increase in the flow of tourists than previous years since 2007. A revenue of Rs. 30 crore was earned in the current year. During previous year, a revenue of Rs. 10 crore was earned from the sale of tickets for devotees and hundial collections. With financial resources of the Trust, we are obliged to render assistance to the devotees. Since we are conscious of the responsibilities to provide better amenities for devotees and tourists, need based developments are being made,” Mr. Devadasasundaram said while responding to queries.