Mobile banned at Meenakshi temple from Sat

By NT Bureau Published on Mar 02, 2018 03:08 PM IST

Chennai: Following the recent fire mishap at the premises of Meenakshi Amman temple in Madurai, a ban on devotees carrying mobile phones inside the famous temple will come into effect from tomorrow, officials said.

A release from the temple administration said the ban was being enforced in line with the recent order of the Madras High Court's Madurai Bench and in the interest of the security of the ancient shrine.

A bench of Justices N Kirubakaran and R Tharani had on 9 February  banned people other than security officials from carrying mobile phones to the temple where a fire mishap gutted several shops recently.

It had also suggested deployment of CISF personnel to maintain security at the temple.

The order was issued on a PIL seeking to direct the Central and State governments to frame guidelines and safety and security code and implement these immediately in the backdrop of the fire mishap.

After going through the PIL, the Madras High Court has also suggested deploying some CISF personnel to maintain the security of the temple.

After going through these aspects, the temple administration has finally come to ban the devotees from carrying their mobile phones inside the temple administration.

According to officials, the orders have come to ensure the security of the ancient shrine.

A few days back, at least 30 shops were damaged when a fire broke out in the complex of the temple. The security officials have now taken up more safety system.