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SWAMY SARANAM

SABARIMALA

MASTER PLAN FOR DEVELOPMENT OF SABARIMALA & ASSOCIATED AREAS

SABARIMALA SRI AYYAPPA TEMPLE SABARIMALA SRI AYYAPPA TEMPLE, the mountain shrine situated in the Sahyadri

SABARIMALA SRI AYYAPPA TEMPLE

SABARIMALA SRI AYYAPPA TEMPLE, the mountain shrine situated in the Sahyadri Hills, within the Periyar Tiger Reserve, attracts millions of devotees every year.The hill temple can be reached only by trekking a four kilometer steep path through the forests. Pilgrimage to the temple, followed by the arduous walk after crossing River Pampa, becomes a source of spiritual cleansing and chastisement for the devotees, who undertake the pilgrimage year after year driven by divine magnetism.

AGE OLD CUSTOMS AND BELIEFS regulate the pilgrimage to Sabarimala. Wearing ‘Tulasi Maala’ (stringed beads of Ocimum Sanctum) the devotees undertake a strict regimen of purity of body, mind, thought, word and deed for a period of ‘Mandalam’ (41 days) in preparation for the holy pilgrimage .

TRADITIONAL BELIEFS do not permit women in the age group of 10 to 50 to visit the hill shrine. The peak pilgrim period is from mid-November to mid-January, with Mandala Pooja in the last week of December and Makara Vilakku in the second week of January. However, the temple is open for the first five days of all the Malayalam months and for Vishu and Onam festivals.

PAMPA, the banks of river Pampa, on the foothills of Sabarimala is the base from where mountain trekking is undertaken. Pampa Ganapathy and the shrines of Hanuman, Sree Parvathy and the Serpent God bless the devotees before their onward trekking to Sri Ayyappa temple.A dip in the Pampa river, Pampa Sadya (feast), Pampa Vilakku (lighting the lamps) and worshipping in the above shrines are considered holy experiences preparing one to eventually reach the divine abode of Lord Ayyappa.

MASTER PLAN FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF SABARIMALA

MILLIONS of Sri Ayyappa devotees visit the hill temple every year. Since the temple is located within deep forest under the Tiger Reserve area there is limitation of space to accommodate the surging pilgrims. It becomes imperative to optimize land utilization to provide the required facilities and amenities for safe and happy pilgrimage.

A COMPREHENSIVE SABARIMALA MASTER PLAN has been prepared with the objectives of planned overall development of:

• Sannidhanam area, the abode of Lord Ayyappa on the mountain top;

• Pampa – the river front and the Pampa area;

• Trekking paths to the hill top;

• Development of base camp facilities at Nilakkal;

• Development of feeder towns/places like Erumeli, Pathanamthitta,Vandiperiyar etc. and

• The approach roads to Sabarimala

The Master Plan envisages:

• Infrastructure Development;

• Ecological Sustainability; and

• Pilgrim facilities

PROGRAMME PLAN: The Master Plan is considered as a broad programme plan with indicative plans for each of the above locations/subjects.

DETAILED MASTER PLANS for each of the Master Plan locations/subjects are being prepared employing services of individual consultants.

PROJECT PLANS are being prepared for each of the components of the Detailed Master Plans – which are adopted for implementation.

IMPLEMENTATION OF SABARIMALA MASTER PLAN

TO ARRANGE for preparation of Detailed Master Plans and Project Plans, to evolve effective implementation strategies, to mobilize required resources for project implementation and to oversee Master Plan implementation, the Hon. High Court of Kerala constituted a HIGH POWER COMMITTEE (HPC) for Implementation of Sabarimala Master Plan.

THE HPC, chaired by Shri K. Jayakumar IAS,Additional Chief Secretary to Government of Kerala, has the following members:

• President and the two Members of Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB);

• Devaswom Commissioner;

• Chief Engineer (General),TDB;

• Chief Engineer,TDB;

• Principal Chief Conservator of Forests;

• Chief Engineer (Transmission), KSEB; and

• Chairman Pollution Control Board, Kerala

• Representative of IL&FS – EcoSmart, the agency which prepared the Master Plan.

TO PROVIDE TECHNICAL assistance to the HPC, a Technical Committee is nomi- nated on the decision of the Hon. High Court of Kerala, with the following experts:

Shri A. Kasturi Rangan, (former Chief Town Planner, Government of Kerala); Dr.V.N. Sivasankara Pillai (former Director, School of Environmental Sciences, CUSAT); and Prof. T.L. Shaji (Depart- ment of Architecture, College of Engineering,Thiruvananthapuram).

The HPC for the Implementation of Sabarimala Master Plan and the Travancore Devaswom Board work together for the development of Sabarimala and the other locations and for providing the required pilgrim facilities.

Implementation of Sabarimala Master Plan and its Projects is envisaged as a phased development programme.

A FEW MAJOR COMPONENTS OF THE SABARIMALA MASTER PLAN

LISTED BELOW ARE A FEW MAJOR COMPONENTS OF THE OVERALL MASTER PLAN FOR SABARIMALA

1. Sannidhanam Area – to improve infrastructure & accommodation facilities, to decongest/reor- ganize the area by planned relocation of the various activities including temple related activities and to improve sanitation

2. Redevelopment of Pampa Area - to improve the environment and water quality in Pampa river,

to augment pilgrim facilities, to augment infrastructure including health facilities, to improve sanita-

tion and to improve transport terminal facilities and parking facilities of vehicles

3. Trekking Routes – to widen and improve trekking routes, to construct queue complexes, to

provide way side facilities including health kiosks, to ease gradient, to provide improved facilities

for cargo transport etc.

4. Nilakkal Base Camp -- to develop organized vehicle parking facilities, to develop lodging facili- ties for the pilgrims, to improve infrastructure, to improve sanitation, to provide hospital facilities and to provide necessary pilgrim amenities

5. Approach Roads to Sabarimala – to improve (widening/ resurfacing/ reconstructing) all the approach roads to Sabarimala

6. Redevelopment of Erumeli and Vandiperiyar – to redevelop based on detailed Master Plans –

with participation of Local Government Institutions

7. Pilgrim facilities at all the identified intermediate halts – the many intermediate halting points of

pilgrims to Sabarimala would be identified and in these stations improved pilgrim facilities would be developed in a phased manner

8. Safe Pilgrimage – this aspect is given utmost consideration in the Master Plan – adoption of

Sabarimala Safety Manual, improved policing, safe transport, better emergency health facilities, better access to potable water and sanitation, adequate cautionary signages and guidance etc. are proposed to be ensured

LISTED BELOW ARE A FEW PRIORITISED MAJOR PROJECTS CARVED OUT OF THE DETAILED MASTER PLAN PROPOSALS

WORK CODE

PROJECT

ESTIMATED COST (in Rs. Lakhs)

 

SANNIDHANAM AREA – AROUND THE LORD AYYAPPA TEMPLE

 

SMP/S/2

Valia Nadapandal - Reconstruction - adding one more floor and redevelopment with better facilities

2600

SMP/S/3

Prasadam Complex – Construction of a new (modern) Appam – Aravana Complex with improved machinery

1600 + 400

SMP/S/4

Food Court – construction of a new food court – grouping all restaurants & eating facilities – to provide hygienic environment

400

SMP/S/5

STPs – Construction of new sewage treatment plant and improvements to the existing small and big STPs

2000

SMP/S/6

Kunnar Dam – Improvements to the catchment area and intake works at the mini dam – and construction of filtering & storage tanks and laying pipes - to augment water supply to Sannidhanam

150+ 700

SMP/S/1A

Sarana Sethu – addl. facilities to the new exit road and provision of road side facilities

150

SMP/S/7

Health kiosks – installation of three health kiosks (standard prefabricated modules) for emergency care at Sannidhanam

(03x3) = 09

SMP/S/8

Bio mechanical compost plants – installation of three bio mechanical compost plants at different locations at Sannidhanam

(08x3) = 24

SMP/S/9

Accommodation Controller – Computerised modern systems in the improved centralised accommodation of controller’s office

40

SMP/S/10

Dormitory Halls –improved ‘viri pandals’ – 3 units of interconnected three storeyed buildings – Rs. 250 lakhs x 3

750

SMP/S/11

Annadana Halls – 3 numbers of annadana halls each of 500 sqm area – Rs. 100 lakhs x3

300

SMP/S/12

“Aazhi”- modernization of aazhi (ghee coconut burning pit)

40

SMP/S/13

LPG Storage & Gas line – providing LPG storage tanks at Sannidhanam and at Pamba and laying supply lines

150

 

PAMPA – BASE OF SABARIMALA

 

SMP/P/1

Emergency Road – construction of a new service road to facilitate movement of emergency vehicles

By ABASS –Addl. road furniture

100

SMP/P/2

Hospital Complex – construction of a new hospital complex (for all the three streams of medicine) in the place of the existing facilities plus mini-ambulance facility

900

SMP/P/3

STPs – construction of new sewage treatment plant and improvements to the existing small and big STPs

1000

SMP/P/4

Vehicle Parking facilities – improved/organized parking facilities

150

SMP/P/5

Exit Bridge- construction of a new exit bridge to serve the new emergency road

400

SMP/P/6

Facility Centre – Construction of a pilgrim facility centre at Pampa

200

SMP/P/7

Bus Terminal and Resting Bay

150

 

TREKKING PATHS AND CARGO MOVEMENT

 

SMP/T/3

ROPE WAY – erection of material ropeway between Pampa and Sannidhanam – to ease cargo movement (for temple needs, commercial needs & construction purposes)- gradually eliminating head load/donkeys and reducing tractor movement

1200

 

Two Queue Complexes – construction along the trekking path to hold the surging crowd and to provide way side facilities. Addl. construction of ten units @Rs. 20 lakhs/unit

(Part under

SMP/T/1A

construction)

200

SMP/T/2

Swami Ayyappan Road – widening to 5m and improve- ments (pavement/side protection/way side facilities etc.)

700

SMP/T/4

Health kiosks – installation of standard prefabricated modules of kiosks for emergency medical care – four numbers @ Rs. 3 lakhs/unit

12

SMP/T/5

Water kiosks – installation of ten water kiosks @ Rs. 3 lakhs/unit

30

 

NILAKKAL BASE CAMP

 

SMP/N/1

Parking Yards - Reorganization of the vehicle parking facilities with pavement improvement and access roads with drains

2000 + 2000

SMP/N/2

Temples – Redevelopment of the two temples (Siva temple and Devi temple)

150

SMP/N/3

Water Supply Improvements - OH Tank and construction of check dam and laying distribution lines

70 + 450+20

SMP/N/4

Water kiosks – 10 numbers @Rs. 3 lakhs/unit

30

SMP/N/5

Sabari Homes – construction of pilgrim facilities – Andhra/ Karnataka/ TN/Kerala etc.

30 x 4

SMP/N/6

Hospital - a new fully equipped hospital infrastructure will be developed at Nilakkal – this may function in full scale during November to January and may be downscaled during the remaining months

400

SMP/N/7

Facility Centre – construction of a central facility centre – (for information centre, shoplets/ communication kiosks/food courts/lockers/etc.)

300

SMP/N/8

Construction of Electrical Sub Station (through KSEB)

200

SMP/N/9

Bus Shelter and Resting Bays –Construction of bus terminals (for long distance buses and for shuttle services separately) at Nilakkal

200

The projects listed in the table above are not an exhaustive list of projects identified within the Sabarimala Master Plan, but gives only the prioritized projects proposed to be implemented in the first phase. Huge investment requirements are identified and detailed project reports have been prepared accordingly using services of eminent consultancy firms. Since even the identified project investments on infrastructure developments in the first phase are beyond the financial resources of the Travancore Devaswom Board, the High Power Committee for the Implementa- tion of Master Plan (HPC) and the Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) have together proposed to raise financial support through donations and sponsorships from devotees and from Corporate Houses.

In order to provide focused assistance and facilities to the millions of pilgrims from Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, who trek every year to worship Swami Ayyappan at Sabarimala, it has been proposed to earmark three parcels of land, each measuring about 2 hectares (about 5 acres) at Nilakkal Base Camp for the construction of buildings of each of these three States specifi- cally to provide facilities (accommodation, dining halls, lockers, information desks and communica- tion centres) to the pilgrims from each of these States.These three States have evinced interest to invest in the construction of Sabari Bhavans.

The HPC and the TDB have decided that in addition to the contentment and happiness that the donors and sponsors get, in addition to the blessings of the Lord, the TDB should offer additional facilities – listed out later in this brochure.

addition to the blessings of the Lord, the TDB should offer additional facilities – listed out

SABARIMALA MASTER PLAN INFRASTRUCTURE FUND

IMPLEMENTATION of the proposals in the Sabarimala Master Plan through various projects and programmes at the various locations depend on::

Preparation of well-conceived detailed Master Plans/Layout Plans and Project Plans; Mobiliza- tion of required resources for project implementation; and Effective project implementation and monitoring.

Considering the fact that the required resource mobilization and ordering of implementation arrangements are key activities which contribute to effective implementation, a Sabarimala Master Plan Infrastructure Fund is established and registered as a Trust in 2009 with Justice Arijit Pasayat, Former Judge of the Supreme Court of India and Shri T.K.A. Nair, Advisor to the Prime Minister of India as Patrons.

The Hon. High Court of Kerala has reconstituted the Sabarimala Master Plan Infrastructure Fund Trust Board with the following Trustees:

President,Travancore Devaswom Board as Chairman, Board of Trustees

• Shri K. Jayakumar IAS, Chairman, High Power Committee

Devaswom Commissioner as Secretary, Board of Trustees

• Shri G.M. Rao, Group Chairman, GMR Group, IBC Knowledge Park, Phase II D Block, 10th Floor, 4/1, Bannerghatta Road, Bangalore 560 029

• Dr. P. Raja Mohan Rao, M.D., United Telecom Ltd., 18A/19, Doddanakundi, Industrial Area, Mahadevapura Post, Bangalore 560 048

• Shri R.K. Krishna Kumar,Vice Chairman, Indian Hotels Ltd., Bombay House, 2nd Floor, 24, Homi Modi Street, Mumbai 400 001

• Shri P.R. Kumar, M.D., Kumaran Silks, 12, Nageswara Rao Road, T. Nagar, Chennai 600 017

• Shri P.N.C. Menon, Chairman, Sobha Developers Ltd.,Anugraha, 30/48, Sreepuram, Punkunnam,Thrissur 680 002

• Shri M.S.P. Rao, B-201, Stemwood Apartments, 14- Factory Road,Ansari Nagar West, New Delhi – 110 029

The Master Plan Infrastructure Fund Trust proposes to mobilize resources, plan and invite donations/sponsorships and private partnerships, prioritize projects for implementation and to manage the fund.

invite donations/sponsorships and private partnerships, prioritize projects for implementation and to manage the fund.

FACILITIES OFFERED TO SPONSORS AND DONORS by Travancore Devaswom Board

The Travancore Devaswom Board and the High Power Committee for Implementation of Sabarimala Master Plan offer the following additional benefits/facilities to the Sponsors and Donors

Rs. One Crore and above

Rs. 50 lakhs to One Crore (-)

Rs. 25 lakhs to 50 Lakhs (-)

Rs. 05 lakhs to 25 lakhs (-)

Rs. 03 lakhs to 05 lakhs (-)

- For 10 years -

- For 10 years -

- For 05 years -

- For 05 years -

- For 03 years -

(i) Rent free accommodation for 05

days/year (excluding 04 days preced- ing Mandala Pooja & Makara Vilakku) (ii) Facilities for convenient Darshan (iii) Prasadam kit (containing two cans of 250 ml. each of Aravana and two packets of Appam)

(i) Rent free accommodation for 04

days/year (excluding 04 days preced-

ing Mandala Pooja & Makara Vilakku) plus (ii) & (iii) above

(i) Rent free accommodation for 03

days/year (excluding 04 days preced- ing Mandala Pooja & Makara Vilakku) plus (ii) & (iii) above

(i) Rent free accommodation for two

days/year (excluding 04 days preced- ing Mandala Pooja & Makara Vilakku) plus (ii) & (iii) above

(i) Rent free accommodation for one

day/year (excluding 04 days preceding Mandala Pooja & Makara Vilakku) plus

 

(ii)

& (iii) above

Rs. 50,000 to 03 lakh (-)

- For 02 years -

(ii)

& (iii) above

* The privileges will be extended to a nominee in the case of Firms / Companies & Joint Donors / Sponsors, Individual Donors/ Sponsors.

* The name of the Sponsor / Donor who contribute for a project as a whole will be exhibited at a conspicuous place.

A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO BE PART OF THE TEAM TO PROVIDE PILGRIM FACILITIES IN SABARIMALA – Sannidhanam, Pamba, Nilakkal and at other locations.

Besides the sponsorships, we also appeal to all to contribute generously for the noble cause of providing better infrastructure facilities, which are essential for the benefit and welfare of the millions of Ayyappa pilgrims to make their annual pilgrimage smooth and comfortable.

for the benefit and welfare of the millions of Ayyappa pilgrims to make their annual pilgrimage
HOW TO DONATE / SPONSOR FOR SPECIFIC PROJECTS? SABARIMALA MASTER PLAN INFRASTRUCTURE FUND TRUST proposes

HOW TO DONATE / SPONSOR FOR SPECIFIC PROJECTS?

SABARIMALA MASTER PLAN INFRASTRUCTURE FUND TRUST proposes that the projects prioritized for execution as part of Sabarimala Master Plan can be implemented by raising funds by:

• Sponsorships from devotees of Swami Ayyappa and from Corporate Houses for specific projects;

• HPC – TDB partnerships with private donations of the devotees;

• Special funding from State and/or Central Governments; and

• Contributions from devotees and Voluntary organizations

Willing Sponsors (for any specific projects) and others who wish to make donations may communicate their willingness to the Member Secretary, High Power Committee (Devaswom Commissioner,Travancore Devaswom Board).

PAYMENTS may be made through Crossed demand Draft / Cheques drawn in favour of Sabarimala Master Plan Infrastructure Fund.

DONATIONS are exempt from Income Tax under Section 80 G (5) (vi) of the Income Tax Act

Account Numbers for RTGS / NEFT transactions are:

1. State Bank of Travancore, Nanthancode,Thiruvananthapuram Account No. 67086664997 IFS Code: SBTR0000690

2. Dhanlaxmi Bank, Nanthancode,Thiruvananthapuram – Account No. 027500100003035 IFS Code: DLXB0000275

Online donations will be accepted through net banking facility of:

STATE BANK OF TRAVANCORE (www.sbtonline.in) and DHANLAXMI BANK (www.dhanbank.com)

SPONSORSHIP FORM

Sabarimala Master Plan Infrastructure Fund Travancore Devaswom Board, Nanthancode, Thiruvananthapuram 695003

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This form shall accompany payments. Donations by means of crossed demand draft/cheques drawn in favour of Sabarimala Master Plan Infrastructure Fund may please be sent to the Member Secretary, High Power Committee, Devaswom Commissioner,Travancore Devaswom Board, Nanthancode,Thiruvananthapuram - 695 003

High Power Committee, Devaswom Commissioner,Travancore Devaswom Board, Nanthancode,Thiruvananthapuram - 695 003
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HIGH POWER COMMITTEE FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF SABARIMALA MASTER PLAN and SABARIMALA MASTER PLAN INFRASTRUCTURE FUND

Devaswom Commissioner and Member Secretary, Travancore Devaswom Board, Nanthancode,Thiruvananthapuram - 695 003

Tel No: +91 471 2314288 , Fax : +91 471 2315156 , Mail ID : sabarimalamasterplan@gmail.com

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