Sabarimala’s daily footfall is limited to 90,000 people.

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Sabarimala’s daily footfall is limited to 90,000 people.

The CM called a meeting in response to the Kerala High Court’s decision on Sunday, after rising complaints from pilgrims who were compelled to stand in lines for more than eight to ten hours. The high court also ordered the temple board and the Pathnamthitta district collector to come up with solutions to the traffic jam.

In light of the unprecedented rush to Kerala’s Sabarimala temple, chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan decided during a meeting on Monday to limit daily footfall while ensuring a “trouble-free pilgrimage,” according to sources familiar with the situation.

According to one of the officials stated above, the meeting headed by Vijayan in the state capital has decided to limit the daily pilgrim influx in Sabariamala temple to 90,000 people. “The administration is dedicated to improving infrastructure to enable a trouble-free pilgrimage,” said the CM following the meeting.

The conference was called by the chief minister in response to a Kerala high court directive issued on Sunday, which came after rising complaints from pilgrims who had to stand in lines for more than eight to ten hours. The high court also ordered the temple board and the Pathnamthitta district collector to come up with solutions to the traffic jam.

Meanwhile, it was decided during the discussion to extend the darshan times by an hour. According to officials, the sanctum sanctorum, which opens at 3 a.m., will now close at 11.30 p.m. (rather than earlier at 11 p.m.).

Every week, temple affairs minister K Radhakrishnan and relevant department heads would hold a review meeting, according to the CM.

The parking facility in Nilakkal, the main base camp, would also be expanded to accommodate more vehicles, according to the CM.

According to temple officials, there was a huge rush on Monday as well, with at least 1,19,000 bookings registered.

Sabarimala: Daily footfall to restricted to 90000 - Sakshi

Many roads leading to the shrine in Pathanamthitta district have been congested since Sunday night due to the tourist influx.

On Saturday, a stampede-like incident occurred near Marakootum, roughly 1km from the Sannidhanam (temple complex), injuring numerous pilgrims and police officers. Taking suo motu cognizance of the event, the high court convened a special session on Sunday and directed the temple board and police to take immediate action to alleviate the crowding.

“We shall take every precaution to ensure a safe pilgrimage.” “We will notify the high court about the efforts we are taking to restrict the rush,” Travancore Devasom Board (TDB) president K Ananthagopan said.

The TDB oversees the temple’s day-to-day operations. “After the two-year-long epidemic restrictions were lifted, pilgrims are now visiting the temple to compensate for the break,” Ananthagopan added. He predicted that the tourist rush would intensify in the following days due to the holidays. Hundreds of pilgrims were murdered in two massive stampedes that occurred at the temple in 1999 and 2011.

The meeting was attended by the CM and temple affairs minister K Radhakrishnan, state police chief Anil Kant, Pathanamthitta collector Divya S Iyer, and other department officials.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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