The temple management had to throw thousands of footwear after many left without their shoes.
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An unusual problem occurred the day after Thaipusam for the cleaning crew as thousands of footwear were left unclaimed in Batu Caves.
These footwear were mainly left in front and around the Ganesha temple at the base of the staircase.
It was estimated that 3,000 kg to 5,000 kg of footwear were left outside the temple and all of it were later thrown out by the cleaning crew.
According to C Sethu Pathy, the honorary secretary of Maha Mariamman Temple Dhevasthanam, the devotees would have left their footwear behind as they could have faced trouble finding it before heading home, as reported by The Star.
He also stated that from now the devotees should leave their footwear in their vehicles to avoid such troubles.
Moreover, he also stated that the rubbish problem was unavoidable although there were additional bins placed within the main complex, as reported by The Star.
The high volume of visitors and the difficulty to move in and out of the temple resulted in people throwing rubbish randomly.
According to Sri Maha Mariamman Temple Dhevasthanam trustee K. Kathirasan, although 1,000 rubbish bins were bought and placed at all corners of the site, the problem still persisted.
He urged visitors to keep the place clean to help the environment and for the reputation of our country.
The cleaning process started on Sunday itself at 10 am with 50 cleaners and 100 volunteers.