Batu Caves temple wants approval for riverside facilities

Batu Caves temple wants approval for riverside facilities
Hindu devotees walk up the 272 stairs leading to Batu Caves temple outside of Kuala Lumpur.

The management of the Batu Caves Sri Submaniyar Devasthanam has urged the Selayang Municipal Council not to delay approval for riverside facilities at the temple, Tamil Nesan reported.

With Thaipusam only two weeks away and more than a million devotees expected to congregate at the temple, the lack of riverside facilities mean they will face the same problems as in previous years, a temple official said.

Devotees fulfilling their vows cleanse themselves by showering next to the Batu River before proceeding to carry kavadis or milk offerings to the cave temple.

But there are no proper shower facilities or changing rooms for their use near the river.

The temple committee has sought to build changing rooms and toilet facilities besides the river which runs along the temple.

Temple chairman Tan Sri R. Nadarajah said the committee had submitted proposals for beautifying the riverside and setting up shower and toilet facilities but approvals had been held back by the council.

The temple received RM3mil (S$982,000) from the Federal Government for building the facilities several years ago but faced various obstacles.

The report stated the council had also refused to assist the temple in relocating several car workshops operating along the riverside.

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