Army to build two Bailey bridges across Pampa river

Vastavam web: The Army will build two Bailey bridges across the Pampa river to restore connectivity between two paths to the hill shrine of Lord Ayyappa at Sabiramala,damaged in the floods, a body governing it said. The Travancore Devaswom Board, which manages the temple, at its review meeting here today to take stock of the post flood situation in areas of Pamba, decided to hand over work on constructing the uphill and downhill paths, to the Army. The bridge would connect the Pamba hill-top and the Ganapathy temple across the river, it said.

The TDB also decided to take steps to remove the mounds silt which had accumulated in the riverbed, it added. Co-operation, Tourism and Devaswom Minister Kadakampally Surendran and Devaswom president A Padmakumar were among those who attended the meeting. However, the temple was opened for Onam poojas yesterday and would be closed on August 28.