Staff Reporter

Dam planned downstream of Kunnar dam Dam planned downstream of Kunnar dam

PATHANAMTHITTA: The Travancore Devaswom Board is exploring the possibility of constructing a small dam downstream the Kunnar dam, 9 km from Sabarimala Sannidhanam in the interior forests.

The aim is to ensure uninterrupted supply of drinking water on Sabarimala during the summer.

Devaswom Board president G. Raman Nair told The Hindu that it would soon constitute an expert committee to conduct a feasibility study and prepare a project report on the proposed dam. Mr. Nair said that the Board was duty-bound to ensure uninterrupted supply of potable water on Sabarimala and along the trekking path during the summer, as the annual temple festival and Vishu would be celebrated in April. Officials, led by Mr. Nair and Special Commissioner appointed by the Kerala High Court D. Sreevallabhan, have visited the Kunnar dam.

According to Mr. Nair, the Board has been paying Rs.1 crore a year as water tariff alone to the Kerala Water Authority for supplying water to Sabarimala.

He said that the Board would seek help from the State Government, as well as the Centre, for getting mandatory clearance for constructing a small dam, about 180 metres downstream the Kunnar dam, to tap the overflow from Kunnar .

Board Chief Engineer K. Ravikumar; Executive Engineer Jolly Uls; Executive Officer V.S. Rajagopalan Nair; and Police Special Officer Krishnabhadran accompanied Mr. Nair to Kunnar