THE Tourism and Culture Ministry has indicated that it will consider the RM6.2mil inclinator linking the Hilltop Arulmigu Balathandayu-thapani Temple’s lower and upper temple in Jalan Waterfall, Penang, said Deputy Chief Minister II Dr P. Ramasamy.
“The inclinator, if approved, will be built later this year. I handed the proposal letter from the Penang Hindu Endowment Board to Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz during a parliamentary sitting late last year to request for funds.
“We received a reply letter from the ministry dated Jan 2, stating that the matter will be considered under the 11th Malaysia Plan,” he said at the Thapusam celebration in Jalan Waterfall on Tuesday.
Ramasamy, who is also the board’s chairman, said they had also been requested to submit a project proposal with details about the project soon.
“The inclinator will provide more convenience to the elderly who want to visit the hilltop temple and it could become a tourist attraction.
“The board is mulling whether to upgrade the former Lord Murugan hilltop temple within the premises into a museum and library,” he said.
Ramasamy added that they were also planning to construct a three-storey administration office with shoplots located at the ground floor which could be rented out.
Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, said the state government would donate RM200,000 to the temple committee to help out with the cost incurred during Thaipusam.