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March 1999

Due to the cracks observed in the

i) East entrance of Ashtasakthi Mandapam and Veera vasantha rayar mandapam,

ii) Cracks in roof stone slabs in Amman sannadhi 2nd pragaram, and

iii) Cracks in the stone pillars in around Potramaraikulam according to Technical expert committee advise, to provide temporary stability, Steel Girders, I beam have been erected to support roof slabs.

(Photos annexed for Potramarai Kulam cracked pillars)

16.06.1999

As per Commissioner, HR&CE department, Chennai letter No.17619/99 Y.3 dated 15.03.1999 and 01.04.1999, Tamil Nadu Government in its order No.385 TDC&RE department dated: 16.06.1999 has formed an Eight member expert committee comprising the following members to inspect the reason for the formation of cracks in the above said structures and to propose a solution to repair those structures.(Annexure I)

1

Chief Engineer, Buildings, PWD, Chennai

Chairman

2

Dr.Lakshmipathy, Anna University, Chennai

Member

3

Dr.K.Ilamparuthy, Anna University, Chennai

Member

4

Dr.Jayagopal, PSG college of engineering and technology, Coimbatore

Member

5

Dr.N. Balasubramanian, Thiagarayar college, Madurai

Member

6

Thiru.P. Sridharan, Superintending Engineer (Retired), PWD

Member

7

Thiru. Muthiah Sthapathy, Sthapathy advisor, HR&CE, Chennai

Member

8

Superintending Engineer, HR&CE, Chennai

Member/Secretary

05.07.1999 and 01.10.1999 First meeting of the expert committee was held on 05.07.1999 and second meeting was held on 01.10.1999. Meeting minutes are enclosed (Annexure II and III)
24.01.2006

Based on recommendation from the Trust board of this temple, Commissioner, HR&CE Department, Chennai 34, in his R.C.No.79472/2005 Y3 dated.24.01.2006 has constituted a 3 member committee, to study the effect of reducing thickness of existing brick jelly concrete laid over the roof portion. Annexure IV

  1. Prof.S. Rajasekaran, Professor (retired),

PSG college of engineering and technology, Coimbatore.

  1. Prof.A.R. Santhakumar, Professor (retired),

Anna University, Chennai

  1. Er.S.P. Srinivasan, Structural expert,

ES Consultancy services, Madurai.

19.10.2006 Remedial measures suggested by the three member committee are as follows:

1) Immediate safety for the public is utmost important. Hence temporary supports in all these areas may be given immediately

2) There is no way to repair cracked stone slabs in the ceiling: Replacing with new stones is a permanent solution

3) To prevent further cracking of stone slabs, which are already in good condition it will be desirable to consider how load on these slabs can be brought down: earlier study has indicated that weathering course thickness is in the order of 400mm to 700mm.

4) Final decision may be taken after the soil test report and consultation with Stapathi.

(Annexure V)

26.10.2006 In his report, Padmashree Thiru.M.Muthiah stapathy has indicated that the “Due to extra load the stone slabs have cracked, many pillars have weaken, Uthiram and Paavu Karkal are not in identical plane, a 3 feet height wall with 1.6″ thickness built upon the mandapam are reasons for cracks. Hence The Mandapam of alround Golden lotus Tank has to be built with New Pillars, Pothiayals, Uthiram and Paavukarkals. It could be the comprehensive renovation”

Annexure VI

28.10.2006 Report of the expert committee, suggesting ingress of moisture from Amman sannadhi 2nd Praharam to south east corridor of Potramarai tank.

Annexure VII

01.12.2006

Minutes of the high level expert committee meeting held on 01.12.2006 is enclosed in Annexure VIII

14.12.2006

After appointment of expert committee by Government of Tamil Nadu as per the G.O.No.385 TDC&RE department dated: 16.06.1999, one Mr. Muthukumar of Anna Nagar, Madurai has filed a public interest litigation, before the Madurai bench of Madras High court in W.P.No.10202/2006. He has prayed for formation of an expert committee comprising of a team of architect, qualified Engineers, Government approved Stapathies, Members of Archaeological survey of India and other volunteers to inspect the temple and to suggest various measures for structural stability of the temple.

Considering the grievance of the petitioner the Madurai Division Bench of Madras High Court, constituted the committee as follows:

1

Chief Engineer, Buildings, PWD, Chennai

Chairman

2

Dr.M.Lakshmipathy,

Professor (retired),

Anna University, Chennai

Member

3

Dr.K.Ilamparithi,

Professor ,

Geo Technical Division,

Anna University, Chennai

Member

4

Dr.L.S.Jayagopal,

Professor (retired),

PSG college of technology, Coimbatore

Member

5

Dr.N. Balasubramanian, Professor (retired),

Thiagarayar college of Engineering, Madurai

Member

6

Thiru.P. Sridharan, Superintending Engineer (Retired), PWD

Member

7

Padmashri. Muthiah Sthapathy,

Chennai – 41

Member

8

Superintending Engineer,

HR&CE Department, Chennai – 34

Member

9

Dr A.R. Santhakumar, Professor (emeritus),

Structural Engineer Division, IIT, Chennai

Member

10

Dr.A.Boominathan,

Professor and Head, Geo Technical Division,

IIT, Chennai

Member

11

Thiru.M.G.Chelliapillai, Archaeological Consultant, Chennai

Member

12

Thiru.M.S. Sivaprakasam, Sthapathy Advisor, HR&CE Department, Tiruchy

Member

13

Thiru. R. Srinivasan, Director (retired), Geological survey of India, Chennai

Member

14

Executive Engineer, HR&CE Department, Chennai – 34

Special Invitee

15

Er. Anuridhenm Geo Technical Expert, M/s. Geo Technical solutions, Chennai

Special Invitee

16

Dr.E. Arumugam, Professor,

Structural Engineering Division, Anna University, Chennai 25

Special Invitee

17

Dr.R. Senthil,Assistant Professor,

Structural Engineering Division, Anna University, Chennai 25

Special Invitee

18

Joint Commissioner/Executive Officer,

Arulmigu Meenakshi Sundareswarar temple, Madurai

Convenor

The Hon’ble Madras High Court, Madurai bench in its judgment dated:14.12.2006 in W.P.No.10202/2006 has observed that” As on today, an Expert committee has been constituted and the said committee is at work to find out the various measures to be taken in regard to the cracks developed in the pillars of the above said temple.”

Order copy enclosed. Annexure IX

23.12.2006

Minutes of the expert committee meeting held on 23.12.2006 Annexure X.

23.01.2007

In the minutes of the expert committee meeting held on 23.01.2007 at Meeting Hall, PWD building, Chepauk, Chennai, the following decisions were taken.

1) To carry out rectification of works to the cracks developed on Second Prakaram of Amman Sannathi ceiling stone slabs and pillars.

2) To carry out rectification of works to the cracks developed on Veeravasantharayar mandapam.

3) Replacing and renovating the pillars and Pavukal around the Potramaraikulam mandapam.

Works in the crack developed ceiling stone slabs and pillars, on second prakaram of Amman Sannathi were replaced by new stone slabs and this work was completed.

Similarly action was taken to carry out repair works on Veeravasantha Rayar Mandapam, an estimate was sanctioned to an amount of Rs.21.00 lakhs vide, commissioner HR&CE department, Chennai proceedings No.36670/2010 Y.3 dated:11.08.2010 and so far one Anivotti cut stone pillar was replaced with a new one and further work is to be done.

Annexure XI

19.03.2015

Inspection Note of Dr.G. Maheswari, Superintending Archaeologist is enclosed in Annexure XII.

07.12.2016

As per direction of Hon’ble High court bench, the Committee comprising the following members,

1) Ms.M. Kavitha B.L,

Additional Commissioner (Thiruppani), .. Member Secretary

Hindu Religious and Charitable

Endowments Department.

2) Dr. Arun Menon, Assitant Professor, .. Structural Engineering Expert

Structural Engineering Lab, IIT.

3) Dr.G. Maheswari, .. Archaeological Expert

Superintending Archaeologist

4) Dr. T. Sathyamoorthy, .. Conservation Expert

Superintending Archaeologist (Retd)

5) Padmasri M. Muthiah Sthapathi,

Departmental Sthapathy, HR&CE, .. Traditional Sthapathi

Chennai

held meeting at Office of the Commissioner, HR&CE Department, Chennai -34 on 07.12.2016. Minutes of the Hon’ble High Court Committee meeting is enclosed in Annexure XIII.

Photos

Annexures

Annexure I – Formation of expert committee

Annexure II – Expert committee meeting 05.07.1999

Annexure III – Second meeting minutes of expert committee 01.10.2009

Annexure IV – Formation of 3 member committee

Annexure V – Report of the 3 member expert committee 19.10.2006

Annexure VI – Opinion of Thiru.Muthiah Sthapathy emphasising the need to build new Manadapam around Portramarai Kulam – 26.10.2006

Annexure VII – Report of the 3 member expert committee 28.10.2006

Annexure VIII – Minutes of the High level Expert committee meeting on 01.12.2006

Annexure IX- High Court order dated 14.12.2006 in W.P.No.10202-2006

Annexure X – Expert commitee meeting minutes on 23.12.2006

Annexure XI – Expert committee meeting minutes on 23.01.2007

Annexure XII – Inspection Note of Dr.G. Maheswari, Superintending Archaeologist on 19.03.2015

Annexure XIII- Minutes of the Hon’ble High Court Committee meeting dated 07.12.2016

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