13 lakh devotees booked for darshan in Sabarimala, no need to panic over rains: Minister

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He said that as the weather becomes favourable, more and more pilgrims will arrive.

Minister K Radhakrishnan

Sabarimala: Devaswom Minister K Radhakrishnan said that the government has taken all efforts to conduct the Sabarimala Mandala-Makaravilakku pilgrimage smoothly. The minister was speaking at a press conference after the review meeting at Sannidhanam here on Tuesday.

"When the weather becomes favourable, more and more pilgrims will arrive at the hill shrine. The facilities required for this will be ensured. Strict restrictions are being imposed in view of the pandemic. The government will make all efforts to meet all requirements of the pilgrims. Currently, 13 lakh people have booked online for Darshan," said the minister.

Devotees are restricted from venturing into the Pampa river as the water level is recorded high due to the heavy rains. Steps will be taken to rebuild the Njunangar bridge in Pampa which was damaged due to the incessant rains.

Roads which damaged in the natural calamities will be repaired as soon as possible. As more devotees are expected to arrive, the traditional Sabarimala route via the Neelimala-Apachemedu will be opened along with Swami Ayappan road. As part of this, the concerned officials were directed to set up two health centres along this route and make arrangements to ensure adequate lighting for the devotees.

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