Chandy assures time-bound implementation of Sabari
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Last Updated: Saturday, November 26, 2011, 21:05
Pampa: Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Saturday said the Sabarimala master plan for improving the basic amenities for millions of pilgrims visiting the hill shrine of Lord Ayyappa would be implemented in a time-bound manner.

A high-level committee, headed by state Devaswom (temple affairs) Minister V S Sivakumar, would be set up as soon as the ongoing 'Mandala Pooja' season was over, Chandy said.

The Chief Minister was at Pampa, the base camp from where the trek to the shrine begins, to open a service road constructed with the support of the Akhila Bhartha Ayyappa Sevan Sangham.

"The government gives top priority to Sabarimala pilgrimage and the schemes to improve the facilities would be carried out without delay," Chandy said.

The Sabarimala Master Plan, drawn up by a leading consultant firm, envisages creation of basic infrastructure and amenities for the devotees, especially during the two-month long pilgrim season.

The plan has factored in environmental concerns as the shrine is located in an ecologically significant location in the Periyar Tiger Reserve (PTR).

It has also taken into account aspects such as pilgrim management, development of base camps and transit facilities, transport and communication linkages by use of eco-friendly technologies and methods.


First Published: Saturday, November 26, 2011, 21:05

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