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Updated: November 6, 2011 17:14 IST

CM to inaugurate new exit road at Sabarimala

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The newly constructed diversion road at Sabarimala Sannidhanam which
will be utilised as the exit route for pilgrims returning from Sabarimala during the annual Mandalam-Makaravilakku season. Photo: Special Arrangement.
The Hindu The newly constructed diversion road at Sabarimala Sannidhanam which will be utilised as the exit route for pilgrims returning from Sabarimala during the annual Mandalam-Makaravilakku season. Photo: Special Arrangement.

Chief Minister, Oommen Chandy, will inaugurate the Bailey Bridge-cum-diversion road linking Sabarimala Sannidhanam with the Chandranandan Road on Monday.

According to Mr K.Jayakumar, chairman of the High Power Committee for implementation of Sabarimala Master Plan, the new road will be utilised as an exit for the pilgrims returning from Sabarimala during the annual pilgrimage season.

The new road

The Madras Engineer Group of Indian Army has constructed the 40-metre long, 3.3-metre wide Bailey Bridge at an estimated cost of Rs 75 lakhs and Kerala Police Housing and Construction Corporation has undertaken the exit road work at an estimated cost of Rs 122 lakhs.

Chief Minister will also inaugurate the `Zero Waste’ project at Pampa on Monday forenoon.

Green Poonkavanom project

Meanwhile, the Forest department has prepared a `Green Poonkavanom’ project at Sabarimala, primarily aimed at making the pilgrims aware of the need to preserve the prestine glory of Sabarimala Poonkavanom (sacred grove) and conservation of the forest environs, said Mr R.Kamalahar, Divisional Forest Officer.

Mr Chandy will formally launch the project estimated to cost Rs 37 crore.

Review meet

The Chief Minister will review the arrangements for the annual pilgrim season that begins on November 17 at a high-level official meeting to be held at Pampa on Monday forenoon. Minister for Devaswom and Transport, V.S.Sivakumar will preside over the meeting.

Forest Minister K.B.Ganeshkumar; Revenue Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan, Minister for Public Works V.K.Ibrahimkunju, Health Minister, Adoor Prakash, Anto Antony, MP, P.T.Thomas, Raju Abraham, MLAs, M.Rajagopalan Nair, Travancore Devaswom Board president, K.Cicily, K.V.PAdmanabhan, members, K.Jayakumar, Additiona Chief Secretary and chairman of High Power Committee for implementation of Sabarimala Master Plan, P.Venugopal, Major General Subrato Mitra and District Panchayat president, Babu George will also address the meeting.

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