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The historic Sri Ramanathaswamy temple has introduced three battery operated cars for the benefit of aged pilgrims who visit the holy site.

The eco-friendly cars purchased by the temple authorities, using the temple fund, would ply around the four car streets, where the district police had banned vehicular traffic for security reasons.

For aged people

“We have introduced the cars for the benefit of aged people who find it difficult to walk around the car streets in the absence of transport facilities,” S. Selvaraj, Joint Commissioner of the Temple said.

After floating tenders, the temple authorities had purchased the eight-seater cars, each at a cost of Rs. 8 lakh from a Chennai based company, he said.

The local municipality was already operating two six-seater battery operated cars, he said.

K. Mayilvahanan, Assistant Divisional Engineer of the Temple, said all the five battery operated cars would be positioned in the four cars streets and devotees could hop in and hop off at any point.

For maintenance purpose, the temple authorities would collect a nominal fare of Rs. 5 from adult, he said.

The car could be operated for 12 hours non-stop if the batteries were charged for eight hours.

After seeing the success of the service, the temple authorities would introduce more such cars, he also added.