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CM seeks report on temple safetyTask to be completed in 2 weeks

In the wake of the recent fire accidents in temples, including the Sri Meenakshi Sundareswarar temple in Madurai, Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami held a review meeting on Tuesday and commissioned a detailed report on the necessary steps needed for preventing such incidents.

The report detailing the fire prevention measures and the funds, expertise and resources required for the same was to be submitted to the Chief Secretary within two weeks, an official release said. The report would be scrutinised and submitted to the Chief Minister.

At the review meeting, it was emphasised that the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department must take steps to identify shops located in the temple premises and close to the perimeter walls and shift them to alternative sites. Electricity connections should be checked in major temples especially those housing ancient sculpture, pillars and constructions.

Specific spots were to be earmarked within the temple premises where worshippers can light lamps. Fire prevention equipment in the temple premises were to be inspected periodically, the release added. A fire tender would be positioned next to every old temple.

Encroachments in temple lands should be identified and removed and efforts should be taken to retrieve encroached lands belonging to the temples. The Chief Minister has also instructed to position armed policemen in temples, if necessary for security.