Batu Caves developments will need to meet all rules and regulations


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  • Monday, 21 Jan 2019

KUALA LUMPUR: The Batu Caves temple committee will be allowed to build additional buildings on the temple grounds, provided it meets all the rules and regulations set by the state, says Selangor Mentri Besar Amirudin Shari.

"If they have submitted all the documents, I feel there will be no obstacles and restrictions.

"To me, no one is above the law. What happened here is that some of the buildings were built before applications for a permit were made," he said during Thaipusam celebrations in Batu Caves on Monday (Jan 21).

Amirudin said the state needed to be sure the development was safe and fit for human use.

He added that if the development was found to be unsafe, then the temple committee needed to improve on the safety before it was approved.

Meanwhile, National Unity and Social Well-being Minister P. Waytha Moorthy said applications for development at the temple comes under the state government.

"As Amirudin said, as long as they fulfil all conditions required, I am certain the state government will approve the applications," he said.

He also said the temple committee's request to build a multi-purpose hall that could fit 3,000 people was a good move, as it was for the benefit of the people.

Earlier, in his Thaipusam speech, Batu Caves Sri Mahamariamman Temple Devasthanam committee chairman Tan Sri R. Nadarajah said it has taken the committee about seven years to seek approval for new additions to Batu Caves.

He also said the temple wanted to build a multi-purpose hall, cultural centre and a cable car, among others.

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