SABARIMALA: A high-level team from the centre, headed by Tourism Department Joint Secretary Anandakumar visited Lord Ayyappa temple here on Tuesday as part of including Sabarimala in the national pilgrim tourism circuit.The two-member team, which includes K K Singh, private secretary to Union Tourism Minister Sriprasad Yasho Naik, held discussions with District Collector S Harikishore and chief engineer of Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) Jolly Ullas.
The discussions included the schemes under the pilgrim tourism circuit, Harikishore said.
The talks centred around infrastructure projects like roads, toilets complexes, resting place, hi-mast lights, potable water and dormitories besides development of satellite townships like Nilackal, he said.The team also hinted at the visit of the Union Tourism Minister in a couple of months. It has sought a master plan to cover long-term needs of Sabarimala, considering the increasing number of pilgrims every year, he said.
The team expressed the possibility of funding projects for improving the basic facilities during their discussions. The team also informed that the Centre would be ready to sanction fund to set up toilets, resting place, dormitories and potable water project, Jolly Ullas said.