Pathanamthitta: Sand worth around Rs 4 crore has piled up at the Pampa Thriveni after the recent floods. Meanwhile, sand is being removed from Hilltop at five spots near the river Pampa by TATA Projects Limited, which has secured the work to provide basic facilities in the area along with removal of garbage. The opinion of the Kerala High Court will be sought to identify the uses for the sand.
Sand, some 10 feet high, had been deposited in the Pampa for a distance of 2 km. Unless this sand is removed and the depths of the river Pampa are restored, there will be flooding even during normal rains.
Sand from Kakki Dam had been deposited even at Attathodu which is 19 km from Pampa. The officials has now decided to remove sand from near Thriveni. The Kochi-based firm has collected 1000 loads within two days.
R Ajithkumar, executive engineer of Devaswom Board, felt that the sand could be used for the reconstruction of the facilities at Pampa, Nilakkal and Sannidhanam.
The affidavit filed by the special commissioner of Sabarimala will be examined by the High Court, which will issue instructions on the tasks to be taken up by each department for reconstruction. It is based on the High Court order that further steps would be taken.