CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu government announced that three temple tanks would be renovated and rainwater harvesting system installed therein during the current financial year.
The Minister for Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments (HR&CE) and Tamil Development Department Sevoor S Ramachandran made the announcement in the State Assembly on Wednesday, while replying to a debate on the demand for grants for his departments.
“Tanks in Koneswara Swamy temple, Tiruvarur, Kothandaramar temple, Rangapuram, and Lakshmi Narasingaperumal temple in Vellore, are to be renovated at a combined cost of `28.20 lakh,” he said and added that rainwater harvesting system would also be installed along with the tank renovation.
In order to store panchamirtham at Dhandayuthapani temple in Palani, two storage facilities would be set up for `40 lakh, the Minister said.
A shed at an estimated cost of `14 lakh would come up to house the elephants belonging to the Mariamman Temple in Samayapuram in Tiruchy, he added.
Apart from these, the Minister informed that a `14 lakh temporary bus stand would be built near the Angalamman Temple in Melmalaiyanur in Villupuram district to help ease traffic congestion and ensure the smooth passage of pilgrims’ vehicles.