Twenty-two grounds on Greenways Road at RA Puram, owned by the Mylapore Kapaleeshwarar temple, were recovered by the Hindu Religious & Charitable Endowments (HR&CE) department.
A building constructed illegally on the grounds was demolished. The land is worth Rs. 132 crore.
According to The Times of India, several grounds have been recovered over the years.
D Kaveri, the temple executive officer said no decision has been taken on how to use the land. A shopping complex was initially being constructed on the land but was abandoned midway in 1992. Structural instability was cited as the main issue.
As a result, people living nearby illegally occupied the land, which was spread across RA Puram and parts of Greenways road.
Some of these lands have been retrieved, as in the case in 2012 when an 11-ground plot behind the Women's India Association was recovered and fenced.
According to D Kaveri, the Kapaleeshwarar templeās executive officer, the land has not made any money since 1992, as nobody was willing to take the land on rent.
Six grounds of the temple were being encroached upon for many years.
One occupant had sublet the land to 20 tenants after constructing houses. Now, encroachments on the land have been cleared and a compound wall has been constructed.