GUWAHATI, July 8 - The managing committee of Maligaon Kalibari will hold a public meeting at the temple campus on July 10 to deliberate on preserving the 66-year-old religious institution, which is passing through tough times for the last six months.
The Maligaon Kalibari was established in 1951 with the support of the then railway employees and local people. It is one of the oldest Kali temples in Guwahati, catering to the spiritual needs of thousands of devotees, including railway employees and their families. The temple was inaugurated by the then general manager of NF Railway, DC Baijal.
Amitabha Choudhury, secretary, Maligaon Kalibari managing committee said in a statement that the NF Railway authority, of late started issuing letters directing to stop construction works at the temple premises immediately.
�The old temple structure needs repairing and development as the construction was affected with many cracks in its structure due to recent earthquakes causing heavy leakage of water from the roof and also posing threat to lives of devotees,� he said.
Choudhury added that due to this emergency situation, the committee, having no other option in hand, had to dismantle the old structure and started to build only the main portion afresh so as to avoid threat to the life of the devotees.
�The temple�s structure as bare minimum as required is in the halfway stage of construction now,� he said.