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Hold safety audits of big temples: TN govt to officials

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

Days after the massive fire at the famous temple in Madurai, government has directed holding of safety audits of big temples in the state.

K Palaniswami gave the directions to officials at a review meeting held in this connection with senior cabinet colleagues and officials yesterday, an official release said today.

There should be an immediate safety audit in big "senior grade temples," where existing safety measures, including fire prevention activities must be reviewed, Palaniswami said.

He directed that a report be filed with a Secretary-led panel of Secretaries, listing out the required manpower, including technical experts, to take up various works in this regard and the financial requirements, it said.

That panel will further submit its recommendations to the Chief Minister, it added.

Removal of shops abutting temple walls as well as located in temple premises and their possible relocation, two-three tier fire prevention measures and availability of a fire engine near such temples and fire extinguishers were the other measures suggested by the Chief Minister, the release said.

A massive fire on the premises of the famous temple in on February 2 reduced 40 shops to ashes.

A preliminary probe had revealed the fire broke out due to an electrical short-circuit in one of the shops situated near the 1,000-pillar hall.

The famous Sri Amman temple, one of the oldest in the country, attracts thousands of devotees every year.

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First Published: Tue, February 13 2018. 19:35 IST