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Protect Padmanabhaswamy temple from sewerage: Supreme Court

IANS  |  New Delhi 

The Supreme on Monday asked the Water Authority to ensure that sewerage does not enter the premises of the Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple and the tank associated with it.

Asking the Water Authority to itself execute the work of diverting the sewerage drains without outsourcing it, a bench comprising Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar, Justice D.

Y. Chandrachud and Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul said the Authority would complete the work by May 15.

The bench asked the Authority to start the work forthwith.

The asked the Authority not to outsource the work as it noted that floating of tenders and awarding of contract itself would consume one and a half months.

The asked the Authority to execute the work for the diversion of the drainage lines after senior counsel Jaideep Gupta, appearing for Kerala, told the that the plan for the diversion of drainage lines was already in place and would cost Rs 29 lakh.

The bench said a weekly progress report on the work by the Authority would be given to the amicus curiae Gopal Subramanium.

Besides, the diversion of drainage lines, which Subramanium told the was polluting the temple tank, the asked a five-member panel headed by the Thiruvananthapuram district judge to invite tenders for the restoration of the main deity, the tanks associated with it and the roof of the sanctum sanctorum.

The top by its April 24 order had entrusted the administration of the Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple in to a five-member committee headed by the district judge of Thiruvananthapuram.

The said that notice inviting the expression of interest would be issued in a week's time and then the offers would be invited and the compiled by the committee.

It directed the next hearing on April 17.



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First Published: Mon, March 20 2017. 20:52 IST