Residents complain about illegal Hindu temple | Daily News

Residents complain about illegal Hindu temple

The building in question. Picture by A.T.M. Gunananda, Trincomalee Special Corr.
The building in question. Picture by A.T.M. Gunananda, Trincomalee Special Corr.

Residents of Trincomalee said that a name board saying 'Sivam Temple' had been erected in front of a building that has not been registered under the Hindu Religious and Cultural Affairs Department.

They said that although the building had not been registered as a kovil, the Eastern Province Hindu Religious and Cultural Affairs Department had set aside Rs.1.3 million for its renovation. It should be considered as misappropriation of public funds, they added.

Residents also said that the same area has a stupa that has been considered a site of archaeological importance since September 9, 2011.

Trincomalee District Parliamentarian Susantha Punchinilame said that he wrote to the Archaeology Department's Director-General, urging him to take action against the people who had allocated money to renovate the building.

Queried by the media, Eastern Province Education and Cultural Ministry Secretary I.K.G. Muthubanda said that he would look into the matter and make an official statement to media, later.


 

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