Visakhapatnam: The famous Simhachalam temple in Visakhapatnam has been conferred with the ISO (International Organization for Standardization) certification. The minister for tourism and culture, Muttamsetti Srinivasa Rao, and temple executive officer M.V Suryakala received the certificate.

The HYM International Certifications organization inspected the temple services before awarding the ISO certificate to the temple. The parameters included services to devotees, the performance of the staff and employees, sanitization and maintenance of the environment, and promotion of Hindu religion, traditions, and culture.

Speaking on the occasion, the temple executive officer said the auditors have been checking all the parameters for the last six months. They were satisfied with the performance of the temple administration. At present, food and safety auditing is going on in the temple, the executive officer told reporters.

Minister Muttamsetti Srinivas said the temple administration deserved the ISO certification due to their serious efforts in maintaining the quality of services and maintaining a good ambience in the temple.

He said under the National Mission on Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual Augmentation Drive (PRASAD), Rs. 54 crore has been sanctioned to the Simhachalam temple for taking up various development works. The second wave of COVID-19 delayed the works but they will resume now, he added.

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