Seamless power, water supply to be ensured
PATHANAMTHITTA: The State government will extend all co-operation to the organisers of the nine-decade-old Ayroor-Cherukolpuzha Hindu religious meet for improving basic facilities at the convention venue, Water Resources Minister N.K. Premachandran has said.
The Minister was addressing a meeting of various government officials and Hindumatha Maha Mandalam (HMM) leaders at Cherukolpuzha on Monday afternoon.
Reviewing arrangements to be made for the smooth conduct of this year’s meet, the Minister said vehicle parking lots on the northern side of the venue would be further expanded to accommodate more vehicles. He said steps had been taken for the repair and maintenance of all village roads in and around Cherukolpuzha, besides the Kozhencherry-Cherukolpuzha-Ranni Road in a time-bound manner. Mr. Premachandran said the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) would open temporary bus depots on either bank of the Pampa during the meet. KSRTC would operate special services to Cherukolpuzha from its depots at Thiruvalla, Chengannur, Pandalam, Pathanamthitta, Adoor and Mallappally from February.
The Kerala Water Authority would ensure uninterrupted supply of drinking water to the meeting venue. The Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) would take foolproof measures to provide uninterrupted power supply. KSEB Executive Engineer Prasannakumar said arrangements had also been made for proper lighting of the Ayroor and Cherukolpuzha areas.
The Minister said the organisers, in association with the Ayroor grama panchayat, would take steps to ensure better sanitation and waste disposal at the convention venue. The Health Department would set up a temporary dispensary at the convention venue and the police would open an aid post at Cherukolpuzha. The Fire and Rescue Services and the Excise Department would also open camp offices there. The Minister said begging would be banned in Cherukolpuzha during the annual convention period.
K.C. Rajagopalan, Raju Abraham, MLAs; District Collector S. Lalithambika, Superintendent of Police K. Sanjaykumar, Revenue Divisional Officer M.C.Sarsamma, Malethu Saraladevi, former MLA, and HMM leaders, T.N.Upendranatha Kurup, M.P.Sasidharan Nair and V.K.Rajagopal, were among those who attended the meeting.