It’s been eight years since the City of Oslo agreed to sell two lots to religious organizations, one for a mosque at Mortensrud and another to Norway’s Hindu Cultural Center at Rommen, both on the city’s east side. Now the Hindu temple is finally under construction.
“This is a big project that will cost nearly NOK 50 million (USD 6 million),” Kirupanithy Nagarajah, a member of the temple’s building committee, told newspaper Aftenposten this week. “We have to rely on contributions from our members to carry this out. That’s why it’s taken time before we could start construction.”
The cultural center has 2,400 members, mostly Tamils from Sri Lanka. It has been located in tight rented quarters at Ammerud, with a rental contract that expires in July 2020. Now it will move to the new temple complex, which is the first to ever be purpose-built in Norway, from scratch.
The tower on the temple will be 18 meters high, with the complex spreading over a base of 950 square meters.