In the Tiruppur district of Tamil Nadu (TN), the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments (HR&CE) Department retrieved 69.81 acres of land which belonged to temples. The present cost of this temple land is around ₹20 crore.
According to the press release, nineteen persons encroached on the dry land, which belonged to the Paramasivan temple in Siviyarpalayam village on Kangeyam-Chennimalai main road, for over 20 years. A team of officials led by HR&CE Joint Commissioner for Tiruppur Zone N. Natarajan visited the spot and ordered them to vacate and hand over the land to the HR&CE Department, The Hindu reported.
Recently on June 9, the Madras High Court called for an explanation from the Tamil Nadu Government on the status of 47,000 acres of temple land reportedly missing from Government records since the policy note for 1984-85 states that there were 5.25 lakh acres whereas the note for 2019-20 refers to availability of only 4.78 lakh acres.