Library and shopping complex attached to temple opened

Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: Encroachment of temple lands in the State is being regularised by the HR and CE Department by making the encroachers tenants of the land.

So far 25,000 encroachments have been identified, of them 3,000 have been regularised by converting the encroachers into tenants, who will be paying monthly rent to temples concerned.

Inaugurating a renovated library, shopping complex and vehicle stand, attached to the Sri Kapaleeswarar Temple here on Monday, HR and CE Minister KR.Periakaruppan, said that land belonging to temples in the State had been illegally occupied by people and attempt to evict them met with legal resistance.

To find a lasting solution to the issue, the Chief Minister decided to rent those places to encroachers at a mutually agreed rent.

It had constructed shopping complexes and parking stands in open space belonging to the temples to get revenue.

As part of community service, it had opened libraries in temples which had sufficient fund. So libraries had been opened in 114 temples in the State.

The library at Sri Kapaleeswarar Temple was opened in 1958, which was renovated at a cost of Rs.13 lakh.

A rest room, foot-wear stand, protection wall for temple tank and vehicles stand, belonging to the temple were declared open on the occasion.

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