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`547 buildings around Meenakshi temple violated G.O.`

Last Updated: Friday, February 28, 2014 - 23:11

Madurai: A two member Advocate Commissioner who surveyed height of buildings around the famous Meenakshi temple today submitted and interim report before Madras High Court bench, stating they found 547 buildings violating the Government Order, restrictings height of building around it.

They said they were able to conduct inspection only for six days and requested further time to complete the entire inspection. They also said Assistant Executive Engineers and officials were also present during the inspection.

Advocate S Muthukumaran had filed a petition in 2011, stating that the municipal administration and water supply department had passed the G.O. On Jan 30 1997, restricting the height of the structures around the temple.
As per the G.O. The height limit for buildings around the temple should not exceed nine metres. However, hundreds of buildings were constructed violating the GO, he said.

Devotees cannot see the temple towers from a distance, h further affecting their sentiments, he said.

S Ramesh and V Sitharanjandas, Advocate Commissioners, inspected the sites on various dates during the last month.
The report said they could not ascertain if most buildings were constructed before or after the G.O. was issued.

They could not get plan approval of most buildings.

First Published: Friday, February 28, 2014 - 23:11
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