Famous Chennai city Mylapore Club has closed its Liquor bar inside premises, which was used by members, following a direction from the Kapaleeswarar temple in Mylapore on whose land the club is situated.
Earlier Sri Kapaleeswarar Temple has directed The Mylapore Club on Luz Church Road to close its bar services inside the club.
The temple’s executive officer, Kaveri said that they had sent a notice to The Mylapore Club earlier this month directing the Club to shut down the bar inside the Club as the rules of the HR & CE department did not permit running of a bar and liquor services on the lands owned by the temple.
She said that it has been brought to her notice that the Club has had an internal meeting and that the management has decided to close the bar inside the club with immediate effect.
Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Minister P. K. Sekar Babu said the decision was taken as even TASMAC shops were not allowed on lands belonging to temples and liquor vending outlets should not be located within 100 metres from temples.
“We have nothing against the functioning of the club. It has been encouraging sporting activities,” he said.
Club president Pyramid Natarajan said that they had closed the bar as soon as they received the notice. “We have over 1300 members of whom only around 200 use the services of the bar.
We have told members that we will soon have an annexe where the bar would come up,” he added. But inside sources said as the entire property is belongs to Temple land how come will come in to effect ..
The club is around 120 years old and is known to encourage sports and fitness activities. “We have reputed coaches training the children of our members and also non-members. Every year the TS Santhanam Tennis Tournament for veterans, famous nationally, is held,” he added.
However there exist litigation over improper use of temple land by Mylapore club .
In social media the famous proverb Sivan temple assets leads to family curse is not applicable to Mylapore Club pops up at large .
Mylapore Club dragged the dispute vide its writ petition W.P.No.17285 of 2008 in High court and after a decade subsequently withdrew its petition reason know to itself. The closure order can be viewed by clicking below link
The Mylapore Club authorities in their letter however remained silent on misuse of prestigious Kapalieeswaram temple land over alleged non payment of dues running for years
Earlier in the day, the DMK Government Minister said that steps would be taken to rationalise rental rates for properties belonging to temples.