SABARIMALA: The field survey for the ropeway project at Sabarimala to carry goods from Pampa to the sannidhanam will conclude in a week. The aerial survey using latest equipment between the terminal points at Malikappuram near Sannidhanam, being initiated by the four-member survey team of ropeway contractor Kolkata-based Damodar Ropeways last week, will conclude at Hill-Top at Pampa by the week-end, a devaswom source said. On completion of the field survey, the team would come out with the details about the number of pillars to be erected between the two terminal points at Malikappuram and Pampa Hill- Top, the source said.
The survey team would come out with the total forest area needed for the ropeway project between the two terminal points, having a width of 12 m. The Damodar Ropeway authorities, on completion of the survey, would submit a detailed report, including the total forest area needed for the ropeway project, to the Advocates Commission headed by A S Kurup, who in turn will submit it before the Kerala High Court, the source said.
A copy of the survey report of Damodar Ropeway would be given to the Travancore Devaswom Board for presenting it before the Environment and Forest Department of the Union Government for approval, the source said. Once the green signal is given by the Environment and Forest Department for the project, which would be implemented on a build-operate-transfer basis, would be operational in three years. As per the details of the project report, the ropeway would be used for the transportation of goods and emergency evacuation, the source said.