Govt to revise Sabarimala master plan; proposes new project to construct bridge in Pampa
Thiruvananthapuram: The state government has decided to revise the Sabarimala master plan by including new projects. In view of the devastating floods in last year, a new project to construct a safety bridge from Pampa Ganapathi temple to hill top will be included in the master plan. For this purpose, the government allocated Rs 29.9 crore.
The master plan aims to develop the basic infrastructure in Sabarimala and develop the Sabarimala temple complex and Periyar forest range in an eco-friendly way. So far, the government sanctioned Rs 103 crore for the project which kicked-off in 2015. The additional amount to construct the safety bridge was allocated apart from the Rs 28 crore which was sanctioned earlier for the master plan.
Sabarimala was completely stranded after Pampa river overflowed during the floods. Following this, there was huge demand to make amicable solution to ensure safe pilgrimage to devotees. Police recommended rope way between Pullumedu and Sannidhanam in their safety project. But this rope way will be only to transport materials. At the same time, the government planned to construct a parallel path which will be used during floods.
At present, there are some technical issues to acquire the forest land for the construction of the bridge.
The master plan also includes proposals like pilgrim centre at Nilakkal, new road in Pampa, renovation of Swami Ayappan road and development of waiting centre in Sannidhanam. Vandiperiyar and Erumeli will also be developed under the master plan.
Apart from virtual queue, the government has decided to bring all facilities for devotes under single digital platform. Uralungal Society will carry out this project.