In a first, wind, solar energy for temples
Also, for the first time, the government would introduce wind and solar hybrid energy system at select four temples in the state to meet the power requirements of the temple and institutions coming under its control.The state government has proposed to create a database of about 4.78 lakh acres of temple lands as part of its efforts to prevent encroachments of temple properties.
Wrapping up the debate on the demand for grants for the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowment Department on Wednesday, HR & CE minister M. S. M. Anandan said the database would be created for the benefit of officials to ascertain the particulars on lands and other properties of the temples, at one touch and thereby prevent encroachment of temple lands and ensure their retrieval, apart from collecting lease amounts on time from persons who had leased the land or property.
“A software detailing moveable and immoveable properties belonging to various temples, mutts and trusts under the control of the HR & CE department had already been created for the purpose,” Mr Anandan said.
Mr Anandan announced that for the first time, the government would introduce wind and hybrid solar energy system in select four temples: Sri Ranganatha Swamy temple, Srirangam, Sri Dhandayuthapani temple at Palani, Sri Bhagawathy Amman temple at Kanyakumari and Sri Subrahmanya Swamy temple at Tiruchendur on an outlay of Rs 5 crore.
Further, the government would construct annadhanam halls in 21 temples at the cost of Rs 4.5 crore, undertake renovation at 43 ancient temples for Rs 22.5 crore, establish rest rooms for devotees at the cost of Rs 3 crore at several temples, besides accord recognition to private Agama schools.
For the first time, the department would directly appoint architects to take up restoration work at ancient temples, as per the instruction of chief minister J. Jayalalithaa. Hitherto, the engineers from PWD and Highways department have been assisting in the renovation.
Source: Deccan Chronicle (http://www.deccanchronicle.com/channels/cities/chennai/first-wind-solar-energy-temples-161)