Rope car proposal finalised, says Minister

DINDIGUL, DEC. 30. The proposal to instal a rope car in the Palani temple at an estimated cost of Rs. 4 crore has been finalised, Mr. P. C. Ramasamy, Minister for HR&CE, said today. Four top level IAS officers from various departments, including HR&CE, PWD and Revenue, would visit a factory in north India on January 3 to have firsthand information in this connection.

He was inaugurating a resthouse for devotees constructed at a cost of Rs. 20 lakhs by Ramco Cements at Arasappapillaipatti near Oddanchatram.

A new bus stand with all facilities including a resthouse on a 10-acre land would be constructed at Palani. The main bus stand would also be expanded.

The Government planned to implement various schemes to improve facilities at the Dhandayuthapaniswamy temple.

Mr. P. Kumarasamy, MP, Palani, made a plea for construction of more resthouses on the way to Palani to meet the growing demand.

Mr. P. R. Ramasubramania Rajah, Chairman, Ramco Cements, said devotees who came on foot to the Palani hills could stay in the newly-built resthouse.

Later, Mr. K. K. Raajah, Joint Commissioner and Administrative Officer, said this house could be used as a choultry during non-festival season.

Earlier, Mr. Ramasubramania Rajah handed over the key of the resthouse to the Minister.

Later, talking to press persons, Mr. Ramasamy, responding to the remarks made by the DMK president, Mr. M. Karunanidhi, on sacred ash, said the AIADMK supremo, Ms. Jayalalithaa, was a strong believer in God and so was the AIADMK. ``Disbelief in God was his superstitious belief''.

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