Tuesday 27 September 2011

Vehicular traffic ban on Sabarimala route

The banning of vehicular traffic along Nalam Mile-Uppupara route as per High Court order is among the decisions taken by a high-level meeting convened by the Chief Minister Oommen Chandy here on Monday to discuss the implementation of the interim report filed by the Justice M.R.Hariharan Nair Commission on the Pulmedu tragedy.

The meeting asked the Forest Department to make the route usable by pilgrims. The police and the district administration would take joint action to install Aska lamps along the route.


The meeting was attended by the Devaswom Minister V.S. Sivakumar; Finance Minister K.M. Mani; Revenue Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan; Forest Minister K.B. Ganesh Kumar; Public Works Minister V.K. Ebrahim Kunju; Additional Chief Secretary K. Jayakumar; M. Rajagopalan Nair, president; and K.Cicily and K.V.Padmanabhan, members of the Travancore Devaswom Board; Director General of Police Jacob Punnoose; and top officials of various departments.

The chain services of the KSRTC alone would be allowed along the Nalam Mile-Sathram Road. Other vehicles would be banned along the route. The interim report contained in all 30 recommendations. A meeting would be held here on October 10 for a detailed discussion on the implementation of the other recommendations.

Queue complexes would be constructed at Sabari peetom and Sharamkuthi as part of the master plan well before the season. The work on the Bailey Bridge being constructed by the Army would be completed by October 31. After the pilgrimage, the pilgrims should use this bridge to reach Chandranandan Road. The Swami Ayyappan Road too would be made tractorable before the season. The repair and maintenance of 17 roads connected with Sabarimala too would be completed before October 31. The Government had sanctioned Rs 63.5 cr for the work.

The Health Department proposed to provide better services than in past years during the coming season. It would make available the services of doctors from other States also. The police were taking steps to strengthen the security. The security manual would be discussed and finalised on September 29. Steps would be taken for two weeks from October 2 to make the entire Sabarimala and Pampa areas waste-free as part of the Zero Waste Sabarimala Project. South Indian States would be allowed to set up information centres at Nilakkal. A meeting of the Devaswom Ministers of south India will be convened in Kottayam on October 23.

The KSRTC will operate chain services between Pampa and Nilakkal as in previous years. The Pampa parking ground will be tarred and modernised at a cost of Rs.65 lakh.

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