Religious Tourism

Nod for Rs. 45-cr worth projects at Sabarimala

PATHANAMTHITTA: The High Power Committee (HPC) for implementation of the Sabarimala master plan will launch development projects worth Rs. 45 crore at Sabarimala, Pampa, Erumely, and Nilackal during the current financial year.

Talking to The Hindu , HPC chief engineer Jolly Ullas said the Union Tourism Department has sanctioned Rs. 99.98 crore for implementing various pilgrim tourism projects at Sabarimala under the Swadeshi Darshan scheme, reports The Hindu.

The Centre had allotted Rs. 20 crore for implementation of various development projects at Sabarimala in the first phase to be completed in 24 months.

Mr. Ullas said the State government has made a budget allocation of Rs. 25 crore for the Sabarimala master plan. The HPC would utilise the State’s budget allocation for executing projects worth Rs. 6 crore each at Sabarimala, Pampa, Nilackal and Erumely.

Construction of a weir in the Njunangar stream and a treatment plant estimated at Rs. 7 crore have been mooted at Sabarimala. However, the feasibility of having a separate treatment plant at Sabarimala needs to be further studied. The HPC would also explore the possibility of using treated water for an incinerator, he said.

Mr. Ullas said three biogas plants of 5-tonne capacity each have been proposed at Sabarimala and the HPC is planning to install a plant with a capacity of 1.5 tonne as a pilot project near the Annadana Mandapam at the Sabarimala Sannidhanam this year. The biogas plants would address the pollution problem arising out of the huge quantity of hotel waste generated at the Sannidhanam to a great extent, he said.

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