Thrissur: Elephant Thechikottukavu Ramachandran to undergo medical checkup tomorrow to find if it is fit to be paraded for Thrissur Pooram, Thrissur district collector T V Anupama informed.
A decision to this extent was reached in a meeting of the district level monitoring committee. Following this, the elephant owners withdrew their stance not to allow any elephant to take part in any festivals from May 11.
A three-member team of doctors will inspect the elephant. If the doctors find the elephant fit, it will be allowed to take part in the Thrissur Pooram Vilambaram from 9 am to 10 am on Sunday. Pooram Vilambaram is a custom where the south entrance gate of the Vadakkunnathan Temple, which hosts the Thrissur Pooram, will be pushed open by an elephant. The gate will remain open till the end of the festival.
Earlier, the Additional Attorney General had advised the government to parade the elephant Thechikottukavu Ramachandran only for Pooram Vilambaram.
The directive also stated that a written statement must be procured from the elephant owner that he will take responsibility if the jumbo causes any untoward incidents.