On Tuesday (Sept 21), authorities of the Sri Kapaleeswarar Temple finally managed to evict the tenants at No. 10 V M Street, a 6250 sq ft property that had first been let out over 70 years ago by the then trustees of the temple.
The tenant had passed away long ago but small houses within the property had been sub let out by his relatives. Rent arrears too had mounted over the years.
D. Kaveri, EO of Sri Kapaleeswarar Temple told Mylapore Times that they had recovered around 4800 sq ft of the land in September 2013 but another 1400 sq ft continued to remain with the tenant, whose arrear dues had risen to Rs. 12 lakhs.
In July this year, they managed to take over the property by sealing the door and finally, yesterday, the temple handed over all the household items belonging to the tenants and took complete control of the entire property.
Accommodation to temple staff
Officer Kaveri said that the plan is to provide accommodation to the archakas and staff of the temple at this location on V M street.
“15 houses consisting of single and double bedrooms will be provided to the staff on rent. While the hereditary archakas have their own houses, the houses within this property may be useful for other archakas who perform service at different sannidhis in the temple,’ she said.
- Report by S. Prabhu