KERALA

Pandalam to be made a special township: V.S. Sivakumar

Planning pilgrimage:Devaswom Minister V.S. Sivakumar addressing a meeting of various departmental heads, Travancore Devaswom Board officials, people’s representatives and the Pandalam Palace Managing Committee leaders held at the Devaswom Hall in Pandalam on Saturday.  

The State government will take necessary steps to declare Pandalam a special township, taking into consideration the palace town’s importance, V.S. Sivakumar, Devaswom Minister, has said.

The Minister was addressing a meeting of various departmental heads, Travancore Devaswom Board officials, people’s representatives and Pandalam Palace Managing Committee leaders at Pandalam on Saturday afternoon to review the arrangements to be made in Pandalam during the Mandalam-Makaravilakku festival that begins in mid-November.

Mr Sivakumar said he had already discussed the matter with Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, and the Chief Secretary would be asked to prepare a detailed report on the proposed government township in Pandalam soon.

PHC development

The Minister said a total of Rs.75 lakh had been sanctioned for the expansion of the primary health centre at Pandalam and another Rs.50 lakh had been sanctioned for improving the facilities at the Kulanada PHC.

He said the government had also sanctioned Rs.15 lakh to the Pandalam grama panchayat and Rs.10 lakh to the Kulanada panchayat for providing better pilgrim amenities in the panchayat limits.

Addressing the meeting, Anto Antony, MP, stressed the need for chalking out a comprehensive development plan for Pandalm.

K. Sivadasan Nair, MLA, said Kulanada should have a permanent system for vehicle parking.

Security

Addressing the meeting, Chittayam Gopakumar, MLA, said more home guards should be posted in Pandalam during the annual pilgrim season.

He, too, stressed the need to develop a better parking yard at the land allotted for the same near the Pandalam Althara junction.

Kerala State Electricity Board authorities informed the meeting that Pandalam feeder would be excluded from load shedding during the annual pilgrim season.

They said every possible step had been taken to ensure uninterrupted power supply in Pandalam during the period.

No power cuts

Kerala State Road Transport Corporation authorities said the Corporation would operate special service to Erumely and Pampa from Pandalam at the convenience of the Sabarimala pilgrims.

Health team

Deputy District Medical Officer L. Anithakumari said a special healthcare team would be deployed at Pandalm throughout the pilgrim season.

V.N. Jithendran, District Collector; K.K. Balachandran, Superintendent of Police; Pazhakulam Madhu, District Panchayat standing committee chairman; K. Prathapan, Pandalam panchayat president; and P. Raghava Varma Raja, PPMC secretary, also spoke.