Approval of quarry next to temple causes uproar

THE Hindu community in Chemor, Perak, are incredulous over claims that the Land and Mines Department didn’t know a temple existed next to a newly approved rock quarry, Makkal Osai reported

A member of the Kanthan Sri Kallumalai Maha Kaliamman Temple action committee said the department approved the application by the Kuala Lumpur-based private company in 2020 to carry out quarrying at the Kanthan limestone hills.

According to the article, the 25-year permit was approved without prior consultation with the temple which learnt about it after the matter was leaked.

The temple committee said the quarrying could potentially cause serious damage to the temple and should not have been allowed especially without consultation.

> The Hindu community in Pakistan welcomed a stay order by the Supreme Court against the proposed demolition of a temple in Karachi, Makkal Osai reported.

The Pakistan Hindu Council headed by Dr Ramesh Kumar Vankwani appealed to the court to stay a decision by the temple’s administrators, the Evacuee Trust Property Board, to allow its demolition.

The council showed evidence that the Dharam Shala was constructed in 1932 and argued that it should be considered a religious heritage building.

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