Sabarimala: The direction of the proposed ropeway to the Sabarimala temple could be changed. The ropeway could stretch along the Nilakkal– Sannidhanam path instead of the earlier planned Pamba– Sannidhanam route.
The new plan has the ropeway leading to Malikappuram via Attathodu after beginning from Nilakkal.
The Travancore Devaswom Board, which administers the Lord Ayyappa Temple at Sabarimala, now wants to build the ropeway from Nilakkal to Sannidhanam after the Forest Department had expressed concerns with the old plan. Nilakkal being the base camp of Sabarimala too likely influenced the decision.
The Sabarimala masterplan committee aims to build a ropeway for the transportation of materials required for construction activities, eateries, pooja and special offerings at the Sannidhanam, easier.
Initially, the project was envisaged to begin at the Pamba hilltop and end near the police barrack at Malikappuram. As per the survey reports, the initially proposed ropeway was 3.40 km long. A review had determined it to be 2.90 km and the report was submitted.
A legal commission appointed by the High Court had later surveyed the land for the Pamba– Sannidhanam alignment and marked the stretch with stones. A detailed report in this regard was also submitted to the High Court as well.
The commission was headed by Advocate ASP Kurup.