Thiruvananthapuram, May 22: Kerala cabinet on Tuesday decided to provide 20,000 cubic metre of sand, accumulated at the bank of Pampa-Triveni river during the August-2018 floods, to the Travancore Devaswom Board.
The Cabinet decided to provide the sand free of cost to the Travancore Devaswom Board, the administrative body of temples including the world famous Lord Ayyappa temple in Kerala. It also decided to give permission to the Forest Department to sold the sand to the public for their use. It was reported earlier that around 90,000 cubic metres sand was collected by the authorities in Pampa of which 55,000 cubic metres would be auctioned in four phases.
Welcoming the government decision, TDB President A Padmakumar said the sand would be used for construction of various amenities for Ayyappa devotees, which had been destroyed during the devastating floods in August last year. Many facilities constructed by the board for the pilgrims had been destroyed in the floods. UNI