The Hon'ble Chief Minister of Tamilnadu: Kindly declare the Temple Zones as Litter, Liquor, Drug, Smoke and Meat Free zones.
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Temples form the heart of our culture. It is utmost important that liquor shops, shops selling pan-masalas, cigarettes and other drugs be banned atleast inside a 500 metre radius from temples. Also, keeping these places litter and smoke free is equally important as we see many smokers smoking right near the schools and temples without any guilt and many people throwing the garbage from their house in and around the temples. Discipline must begin from here immediately. All historical temples could have this implemented around them to begin with. New temples must be permitted only in such a banned surrounding and new shops around existing temples must be given licenses only under the premise that they will not sell such banned items. It is unfortunate that thousands of people are witnessing the plight of temples that are surrounded by litter, people urinating on the temple walls, smokers and drinkers walking around and more so that even the temple shops are selling such banned items, a classical example being Sri Parthasarathy Swamy temple, Triplicane. A cool drink bar hosted on the premises of the temple can be witnessed to host smokers and pan-masala consumers all the time. All this in front of the Police patrol that is most of the time anchored right in front of that shop.
Also, many temples such as Sri Yoga Narasimha Swamy temple at Velachery which is 800+ years old are surrounded by Meat shops which hang the raw meat right on the streets of the temple. These shops have sprung up very recently (5 to 7 years). This spoils the entire sanctity of the Temple surroundings and makes it difficult to conduct the temple activities such as processions on these meat selling streets.
We seek the guidance, help and action by our most Hon'ble Chieft Minister of Tamilnadu, to punish such offenders, and enfore strict supervision and discipline by the already allotted police force and to relieve such historical temples of such negative elements and social ills thereby resurrecting the sanctity of the temples resulting in restoration of our culture.
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