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The landlord of the property has been approached multiple times by the advertiser but is yet to receive a response to the claims

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Croydon, Jan 18, 2017: A van has been blocking the entrance of a West Croydon Hindu temple because of an alleged row over a rent increase for nearly four months now.

Since November 2 last year, the entrance to the 20-metre-long driveway of the Muththumari Amman temple, in Elmwood Road has been blocked by the white transit van.

 According to the claims of Nagendram Seevaratnam, the founder and spiritual leader of the temple, this was deliberately done by his landlord after he asked him to look for an independent surveyor for a second opinion on how much rent should be payed for the building.

“The van is obstructing devotees entering for worship,” 79-year-old Mr Seevaratnam stated.”They are having to pay for parking elsewhere and it has closed the access even for emergency vehicles.”

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According to Mr Seevaratnam, the row started because he asked his landlord, the owner of another temple in Croydon, for an independent and impartial opinion on the building’s monthly rental cost after the landlord suggested an increase in the rent from £2,750 to £3,000 a month.

Mr Seevaratnam has agreed to pay the increase, but he still insists on having a surveyor come in and has also requested for repairs to the roof where there are a number of leaks, shower rooms which are damaged and electrical installations affected by water from the kitchen on the first floor.

The temple has lost an amount of money as a result of the obstruction, Mr Seevaratnam alleges, as devotees are not coming because of the inconvenient parking situation .

“This is a charity and I want to make sure I’m paying a right amount for the building’s value,” Mr Seevratanam said, “I have an obligation to do this as it’s the goddess’s money.

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The conditions above the temple are unpleasant, Mr Seevaratnam stated.

One of cracks in the toilet is being held together just by tape, only one of the two showers has access to hot water and there is no ventilation in the bathrooms, he added.

Mr Seevaratnam also mentioned he has written to the relevant authorities regarding the matter to see if they can intervene in what he calls the “neglect” of the building.

He stated, “The authorities may help the landlord in understanding his responsibility in providing rooms and facilities of at least a minimum standard in this country.”

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The landlord of the property has been approached multiple times by the advertiser but is yet to receive a response to the claims.

– prepared by Durba Mandal of NewsGram. Twitter: @dubumerang

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Indian Cuisine becomes the most sought after in Moscow

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Indian dishes available in Moscow during FIFA World Cup 2018, representational image, wikimedia commons

June 17, 2018:

Restaurateurs Prodyut and Sumana Mukherjee have not only brought Indian cuisine to the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018 here but also plan to dish out free dinner to countrymen if Argentina wins the trophy on July 15.

Based in Moscow for the last 27 years, Prodyut and Sumana run two Indian eateries, “Talk Of The Town” and “Fusion Plaza”.

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Both restaurants serve popular Indian dishes like butter chicken, kebabs and a varied vegetarian spread.

During the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

The Mukherjees, hailing from Kolkata, are die-hard fans of Argentina. Despite Albiceleste drawing 1-1 with Iceland in their group opener with Lionel Messi failing to sparkle, they believe Jorge Sampaoli’s team can go the distance.

“I am an Argentina fan. I have booked tickets for a quarterfinal match, a semifinal and of course the final. If Argentina goes on to lift

During the World Cup, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

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FIFA World Cup 2018, Wikimedia Commons.

“We have been waiting for this World Cup. Indians come in large numbers during the World Cup and we wanted these eateries to be a melting point,” he added.

According to Cutting Edge Events, FIFA’s official sales agency in India for the 2018 World Cup, India is amongst the top 10 countries in terms of number of match tickets bought.

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Prodyut came to Moscow to study engineering and later started working for a pharmaceutical company here before trying his hand in business. Besides running the two restaurants with the help of his wife, he was into the distribution of pharmaceutical products.

“After Russia won the first match of the World Cup, the footfall has gone up considerably. The Indians are also flooding in after the 6-9 p.m. game. That is the time both my restaurants remain full,” Prodyut said.

There are also plans to rope in registered fan clubs of Latin American countries, who will throng the restaurants during matches and then follow it up with after-game parties till the wee hours.

“I did get in touch with some of the fan clubs I had prior idea about. They agreed to come over and celebrate the games at our joints. Those will be gala nights when both eateries will remain open all night for them to enjoy,” Prodyut said.

Watching the World Cup is a dream come true for the couple, Sumana said.

“We want to make the Indians who have come here to witness the spectacle and feel at home too. We always extend a helping hand and since we are from West Bengal, we make special dishes for those who come from Bengal,” she added. (IANS)