Hindu Temple in New Jersey Under Intense Scrutiny, With a Language Barrier

April 22, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Hinduism Today/www.nj.com


Readington officials will not vote on a controversial plan to build a 30,000-square-foot Hindu temple on Coddington Road until June.

The proposed CharDham Hindu Temple has been before the local board of adjustment for a conditional-use variance for more than two years. At a meeting tonight, the board closed the public comment period but carried the hearing to May, when the temple's attorney, Lloyd Tubman, is scheduled to give her summation.

The temple has faced stiff resistance from nearby residents, who fear an increase in traffic and unmonitored growth of temple membership will dramatically impact the neighborhood's rural character. Temple officials have said the temple will limit its attendance to 150 devotees, but neighbors argue such a limit is ill-conceived and impossible to enforce.