The Pamba Action Plan for abatement of pollution of river Pamba in Kerala was sanctioned in May, 2003 for an amount of Rs. 18.45 crore under the National River Conservation Plan (NRCP) on 70:30 cost sharing basis between the Central and State Governments. Central share in the project is Rs. 12.92 crore and State Government share Rs. 5.53 crore. The project includes sewerage system & sewage treatment plants, bathing ghats, community toilets, public participation etc. at Pamba and Sabrimala. So far the non-core works namely bathing ghat, public awareness and community toilets have been completed under the plan. However, major core works are yet to be commenced by the State. Against the Central Government’s share, Rs. 2.78 crore has been released to the State. A total expenditure of Rs. 7.68 crore has been reported on completion of non-core works.
The implementation of this project has been delayed due to non-availability of the required land and delays in tendering process. To expedite progress of project, the Central Government has pursued the matter several times with the State Government.
This Information was given by the Minister of State for Environment and Forests (I/C)Smt Jayanthi Natarajan in a written reply to a question By Shri P. J. Kurien in Rajya Sabha Today.