TAMIL NADU

Hurdle cleared for new Secretariat complex work

Relocation of the temple on the Omandurar government estate premises in progress on Sunday. —

Relocation of the temple on the Omandurar government estate premises in progress on Sunday. —   | Photo Credit: Photo: M.Vedhan

Aloysius Xavier Lopez

Alternative site provided for temple relocation

CHENNAI: With the provision of 2,000 sq. ft government land on nominal rent as an alternative site for the Istha Lingeswarar temple on the Omandurar government estate premises, the government has overcome a hurdle in the completion of the new Secretariat complex.

Two temples on the premises of the Omandurar Government Estate were required to be removed by the Public Works Department for the construction of the secretariat complex, said an official.

One of the temples, Aalamara Iyarkai Vinayagar Temple, belonged to the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Administration Department. An alternative location with an area of 2400 sqft on the same premises was allotted by the government for the temple relocation, the official said.

A banyan tree which was part of the temple will be retained in the garden of the secretariat complex, the official added.

However, the private trust in charge of the Istha Lingeswarar temple was reluctant to shift the temple to a location provided by the government. After negotiations, the trust has finally accepted the proposal of the government.

As the area occupied by the temple was part of the space where the Assembly hall was proposed to be built, the relocation of the temple was crucial for the construction of the complex, the official said.

The trust has started the process of relocation of the Istha Lingeswarar temple and is expected to relocate within a week. The temple will be built with donations of devotees.

The secretariat complex work is all set to gain momentum with additional construction equipment beginning operations on Tuesday, the official added.

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