The Madras High Court has decided to constitute an expert committee to look into the applications from various temples across the State seeking permission to carry out “essential works” for the maintenance of the temples, since the court has temporarily restrained the Tamil Nadu Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department (HR&CE) from carrying out renovation works.
The First Bench of Chief Justice S.K. Kaul and Justice R. Mahadevan conveyed its decision while hearing a suo motu PIL proceeding initiated based on media reports highlighting improper works being undertaken by State government, resulting in damage to heritage structures.
On November 30, 2015, the court directed the HR&CE to go slow on renovations till a proper path is laid out and not to destroy heritage structures in the meanwhile.........................Read more
Source: The Hindu