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Thiruvananthapuram: A high-level meeting chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan took the decision to hand over the management and control of the Sabrimala virtual queue system to the Travancore Devaswom Board. Kerala police had launched the virtual queue system to manage the pilgrims to the hill shrine.
The government has decided to hand over the management of the virtual queue system to TDB in view of the High Court order.
Apart from the CM, devaswom minister K Radhakrishnan, TDB president Adv K Ananthagopan and chief secretary Dr VP Joy attended the meeting.
Earlier, the High Court ordered the police to hand over the management of the virtual queue system to the devaswom board.
In 2021, Sabarimala Special Commissioner submitted a report to the Devaswom bench in the High Court seeking action to allow the board to control the virtual queue system. Considering this, the HC issued an order in favour of the TDB in May 2022.
Though the TDB will take over the control of the virtual queue system, the police will continue to assist in crowd management and scrutiny for pilgrims.
According to reports, TDB will arrange special facilities for the smooth operation of the virtual queue system. IT wing will be further strengthened and the police will provide the necessary training to the concerned officials.
Checkpoints and spot booking centres at Pampa and Nilakkal will continue to operate. Devaswom Board will take over the 11 spot booking centres managed by the police. It is learnt that the police will provide necessary help for infrastructure development.