Thiruvananthapuram. Kerala Devaswom minister K. Radhakrishnan informed the assembly, that it has been found that 25187.4 acres of land of temples under the Malabar and Travancore Devaswom Board has been encroached. The land owned by 1123 temples under the Malabar Devaswom Board was surveyed by a special team and it was found that 24693.4 acres of land had been encroached upon. 5568.99 acres of land belonging to Koodalmanikyam Devaswom has been alienated.
About 494 acres of land in temples under the Travancore Devaswom Board have been found to be encroached upon. An encroachment has taken place on land near Dwarka beach in Manathala village under Guruvayur Devaswom.
The Minister said that steps are being taken to measure the encroachments under the Cochin Devaswom Board. Cases are pending in various courts on more than five acres of land. In some temples under the Malabar Devaswom, there have been complaints that illegal committees operating without the knowledge or approval of the board are illegally collecting money from the devotees and committing financial irregularities. The minister said the temple authorities have been directed to take criminal action against such committees and office bearers.