Himachal High court directs Chintpurni temple authorities to set up toilets for pilgrims

Shimla: Failing to provide basic amenities at one of richest temple shrines in state, the Himachal Pradesh High Court Friday directed temple officer Chintpurni to provide sufficient number of toilets for men and women on the route to the temple.

The division bench consisting of Chief Justice Kurian Joseph and Justice Rajiv Sharma observed, “going by the statistics of the people coming to the temple, we are of the view that immediate steps are to be taken for providing toilet either on outsourcing basis or otherwise.”

The bench ordered, “there will a direction to the temple officer to provide sufficient number of toilets separately for gents and ladies between bus stand and temple at minimum five locations.

Steps are also required to be taken to see that the temple and the premises are kept clean and in hygienic condition, the interim order stated.

While the commissioner of temple has been asked to submit a prospective plan, petitioners have pointed out the urgent needs for toilets on the road leading to the temple from the bus stand.

Chintpurni temple happens to be the richest temple in Himachal which is reported to be having accumulated gold offering of over 150 Kgs. The temple in 2006 had a cash collection of Rs 20.8 crore and 25 Kgs of gold.

As Editor, Ravinder Makhaik leads a team of media professionals at Hill Post. Spanning a career of over two decades in mass communication, as a Documentary Filmmaker, TV journalist, Print Media journalist and with Online & Social Media, he brings with him a vast experience. He lives in Shimla.

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