As part of improving the basic facilities for Sabarimala pilgrims during the coming season, the High-Powered Committee on Sabarimala Infrastructure Development will award projects worth Rs 7.50 crore at its meeting to be held in Thiruvananthapuram on July 6.
Talking to the Express, Chief Secretary and chairman of the High-Powered Committee K Jayakumar said that the crucial meeting of the infrastructure development committee would award a total of five projects, the schemes which come under the Sabarimala Master Plan, at the Nilackal Pilgrim Transit Camp.
Jayakumar said that all the projects to be awarded at the meeting would be with a condition to complete the works before October 31.
“The projects to be awarded for implementation would include development of parking sector C and KSRTC yard with an outlay of Rs 1.81 crore, development of parking sector D at a cost of Rs 2.37 crore, renovation and expansion of interior roads worth Rs 2.80 crore, installation of high-mast light costing Rs 21.40 lakh, renovation of Nilackal Sree Mahadeva and Palliyarakkavu Devi Temple at an estimated cost of Rs 10.24 lakh and Rs 8.25 lakh respectively,” he said.
Jayakumar said that five companies evinced interest in the implementation of the much-awaited ropeway project linking Pampa with Sannidhanam for transportation of essential goods, prasadam raw materials and emergency evacuation.
“The companies, which approached the high-powered committee with expression of interest, include Usha Braco, Madras Hardtools, Delhi Thasheth Ventures Ltd, Damodar Ropeway and Indian Ropeway and Engineers Pvt Ltd,” he said.
“After inviting financial bids from the five companies, the contract for the ropeway would be awarded to the lowest bidder, after taking into account their expertise, capability and experience in the field,” he said.
Jayakumar said that the high-powered committee received expression of interest from two companies for taking up the implementation of the multi-storeyed Valiyanadapandal at Sannidhanam.
“The companies include engineering giant Larsen and Toubro and Hyderabad-based Ramky Group,” he said. “The contractor would be shortlisted after receiving the fiancial bid from the two companies,” Jayakumar said.