Batu Caves temple renovation hits snag

Malaysia's famous Batu Caves temple has been ordered to stop building new facilities, including a fourth staircase, by the Selayang Municipal Council in Selangor. The council said it was not informed of the renovation works. Every year, the temple is
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Malaysia's famous Batu Caves temple has been ordered to stop building new facilities, including a fourth staircase, by the Selayang Municipal Council in Selangor. The council said it was not informed of the renovation works. Every year, the temple is visited by about a million people, from Hindu devotees to foreign tourists, during the annual Thaipusam festival which is just three months away. The temple's managers said they informed the council of the renovation plans in March this year, and will continue with the works to complete the project by Thaipusam in late January next year.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 20, 2016, with the headline 'Batu Caves temple renovation hits snag'. Print Edition | Subscribe