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Nod for 14 projects at Sabarimala

Special Correspondent

Kochi: The Sabarimala Master Plan Infrastructure Fund Trust Board on Saturday gave its approval for 14 projects to provide various facilities at Sabarimala.

Sabarimala Master Plan High Power Committee Chairman and Additional Chief Secretary K. Jayakumar said the total cost of the 14 projects would come to Rs.143 crore.

Approved projects

He said the projects approved by the board included setting up sewage treatment plants at Pampa and the Sannidhanam at Rs.40 crore, bhavans to be set up by various State governments at Rs.20 crore at Nilakkal, a queue complex at Rs.15 crore and a Rs.3.5-crore project to increase the capacity of the Kunnar dam.

He said the Tata company agreed to provide funds to increase the capacity of the Kunnar dam. The Tata Consultancy Services would set up a website of the trust board for e-payment of the projects free of cost.

M. Rao, Group Chairman of the GMR Group, offered to set up a ‘5 MLD sewerage plant' at the Sannidhanam. The board would receive donations from the pilgrims for funding the Sabarimala master plan. The committee would identify more projects and seek sponsors to implement them. He said the 14 projects were expected to be completed within six months to one year.

Karnataka's offer

The Karnataka government had already offered Rs.5 crore for setting up its bhavan for its pilgrims. He said the next meeting of the board would be held after two months in Hyderabad and similar meetings would be held in Chennai and Bangalore. It would help the pilgrims in these States to offer donations which were exempt from income tax.

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