Four projects for Sabarimala begin

The high-power committee for implementation of the Sabarimala Master Plan launched work on four major projects, estimated at 7.85 crore, at Sabarimala on Thursday.

Devaswom Commissioner P. Venugopal and Travancore Devaswom Board member Subhash Vasu told The Hindu that every possible arrangement has been made to ensure completion of all the four projects well before the beginning of the annual Mandalam-Makaravilakku pilgrim season beginning mid-November. Chennai-based Pithavadian and Partners Limited (PPL), consultants of the HPC for various development projects at Sabarimala, has prepared detailed project estimates and designs for all the four projects, said Mr Venugopal.

An underpass linking Chandranandan Road with Swami Ayyappan Road at Marakkoottom, an elevated approach (flyover) linking the Malikappuram temple complex with Annadana Mandapam, a coconut-breaking area at Lower Tirumuttom, and a two-storey Annadana Mandapam are the four projects.

G. Mahesh, PPL architect, said the setting out of the site for the underpass was carried out on Thursday and the work began on Thursday itself. The 45-metre-long, eight-metre-wide, and four-metre-high underpass is estimated to cost Rs.90 lakh. The underpass, once completed, would ease congestion at Marakkoottom during the rush days of the pilgrim season.

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