Hyderabad: As reconstruction of the famous Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple at Yadadri is progressing at a brisk pace, efforts are on to equip it with the latest fire safety systems for the safety and security of devotees.
The Telangana State Disaster Response and Fire Services Department has already issued a provisional No-Objection Certificate (NOC), listing out in detail the steps to be taken to protect the temple from fire mishaps.
The Fire Department issued the provisional NOC a few weeks ago following a request from the Endowments Department.
“We have advised officials concerned to take up a slew of security measures such as installing sufficient number of fire extinguishers and putting up hose reels and fire hydrants apart from constructing water tanks to draw more water in case of any emergency,” a senior official said.
The suggestions were given based on a temple blueprint submitted by the officials. A detailed discussion was also conducted with the engineers from the Endowments Department on the issue.
When contacted, Yadadri-Bhuvanagiri Additional District Fire Officer V Ashok Reddy confirmed that the department had given the provisional NOC. “We will give the final NOC only after completion of the works and after examining the measures taken for fire protection,” he said.
As the government is developing Yadadri as one of the major temples in the State, officials are leaving no stone unturned in ensuring safety and security of the devotees. The work, which began in 2016, is being executed by the Yadadri Temple Development Authority (YTDA).
The temple located on a hillock in Yadagirigutta is 60 km from the city. A majority of devotees from the city and its suburbs visit the temple during the weekend and the temple has been growing in popularity.