MILLIONS of Sri Ayyappa devotees visit the hill temple every year. Since the temple is located within the Tiger Reserve Area and the forest, there is limitation of space to accommodate the surge of pilgrims. It becomes imperative to optimize land utilization to provide required facilities and amenities for safe and happy pilgrimage.
A COMPREHENSIVE SABARIMALA MASTER PLAN has been prepared (by IL&FS-Ecosmart) with the objectives of planned overall development of:
The Master Plan envisages:
PROGRAMME PLAN: The Master Plan is considered as a broad programme plan with indicative proposals 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.
From within the Indicative Master Plan for Sabarimala, priority is given for preparation of detailed Master Plans for Sannidhanam area and Nilakkal area. Priority is also given for improvements to the trekking paths and for specific projects in Pampa. Some of the major projects detailed out in the first phase are scheduled for implementation immediately after January 2012. The projects are conceived with pilgrim conveniences in focus to ensure safe and comfortable journey, stay and darshan.
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 and Additional Chief Secretary to Government of Kerala, has the following members:
TO PROVIDE TECHNICAL assistance to the HPC, a Technical Committee is nominated on the decision of the Hon. High Court of Kerala, with the following experts:
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
IMPELMENTATION of the proposals in the Sabarimala Master Plan through various projects and programmes at the various locations depend on:
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, Former Principal Secretary (the present Advisor) to the Prime Minister of India as Patrons.
The Hon. High Court of Kerala reconstituted the Sabarimala Master Plan Infrastructure Fund Trust with the following Trustees:
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.