Govt to directly supervise developmental activities in Sabarimala
Thiruvananthapuram: The state government will directly take up development activities in Sabarimala. The move is to overrule the instruction that development activities here require the permission of the High Court-appointed high-level committee.
The order issued by the government states that it will directly involve in works without seeking the permission from the committee. The order comes at a time when the decision to form a Special Purpose Vehicle to utilise the government funds is under the consideration of HC.
The order is expected to invite legal issues.
At present any kind of development can be carried out in Sabarimala only with the permission of the HC-appointed committee, which was framed with the objective to find funds for development activities from outside sources. But it was not successful as development is carried out only with government funds.
There is an interim High Court order against spending of government funds for Sabarimala through SPV.
Meanwhile, Devaswom Board has approached the Supreme Court seeking permission to bring about changes in the Sabarimala masterplan by including suggestions from Tantri and vasthu experts. They have stated in the petition that many propositions in the plan are not scientific.
Behind the govt order
It is alleged that the HC-appointed committee is not completing works on time. Even though Mandalam period is around the corner, the basic facilities are not arranged here. There is anxiety that this could backfire.
According to the order issued by the Secretary of Public Administration, basic facilities can be arranged under Pathanamthitta Collector without any tender procedures. With this, government can decide on its own about spending of funds.
Government is trying to overcome the complaints that it failed to arrange basic facilities in Sabarimala after the floods.
The only objective behind the new order is to speed up developmental activities pointing out the importance of pilgrimage.