Kerala

PM’s help to be sought to raise dam height

Travancore Devaswom Board president Prayar Gopalakrishnan, accompanied by board officials, inspecting the Kunnar dam situated in the forest interiors of Sabarimala on Thursday.  

The Travancore Devaswom Board would seek help from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Union government to raise the height of the Kunnar dam that has been catering to the drinking water needs of the Sabarimala Sannidhanam, according to board president Prayar Gopalakrishnan.

The TDB chief was talking to reporters after inspecting the Kunnar dam situated in the forest interiors of Sabarimala on Thursday.

Project proposals

Though there were project proposals to renovate the Kunnar dam, the board could not materialise them owing to technical objections raised by the Forest Department. However, the situation was conducive now and the board would utilise it in the larger interests of improving the pilgrim facility in the holy hillock, he said.

He said that four streams carried freshwater to the Kunnar dam and, if properly maintained, the dam water would be more than enough to meet the drinking water needs of Sabarimala.

Mr. Gopalakrishnan said the proposal was to increase the dam height by 2.5 metres. Experts from the Centre for Earth Science Studies, Thiruvananthapuram, too had given a clean chit for increasing the dam height, saying that it would do little harm to the forest ecosystem.

He said tight security had been made for the dam which was situated 7 km from Sabarimala Sannidhanam.

C.P. Ramaraja Prema Prasad, Devaswom Commissioner; G. Muraleekrishnan, Chief Engineer; S. Unnikrishnan, Deputy Commissioner; G. Krishnakumar, Festival Control Officer; and Basanth Kumar, Assistant Engineer; also accompanied the TDB chief to the Kunnar dam.

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