President Kovind cancels his Sabarimala visit
Thiruvananthapuram: The president of India Ram Nath Kovind has dropped his plan to visit Sabarimala temple scheduled for Monday, January 6. It is reported that his visit was cancelled over the uncertainty over his security arrangements during the visit.
He will arrive in Kochi on Monday and move to Lakshadweep. According to reports, he will return to Delhi on January 9.
Officials including Pathanamthitta police expressed concern over safe landing of the president’s helicopter at Sabarimala. The PWD recommended the devaswom board to examine whether they can arrange a helipad on the top of the water tank at Pandithavalam.
But the officials were doubtful that the water tank is strong enough to be used as a helipad. Hence, it was examined that the helicopter would not have a safe landing on the water tank.
Meanwhile, district police chief in his report to the government pointed out that the president’s visit to Sabarimala should be planned according to the rush of the devotees. The government informed this matter to the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Following this, the president decided to cancel his visit to Sabarimala after examining the practical issues in arranging helipad.