Devaswom Board mulls charging fee for virtual queue booking in Sabarimala

Sunith Kumar

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Pathanamthitta: The Travancore Devaswom Board is planning to charge a fee for the virtual queue booking for pilgrims who visit Sabarimala. This amount deducted for the online booking will also be reimbursed online after the devotees attend the prayers.

The pilgrims, who fail to visit the temple for Darshan, despite booking via the virtual queue will not get a refund. This fee will go to the account of the Devaswom Board. The board has decided in principle to implement this from the next Mandalam-Makaravilakku season onward.

The decision was made after it was found that, 6772 people did not turn up during the Mandalam-Makaravilakku season despite booking online. With this, the board decided to charge the fees.

It has also been decided to set up a spot booking system at Nilakkal for pilgrims who arrive without knowing that they have to book. The issue was raised in a meeting held in the presence of Devaswom Board President, Chief Engineer, Police Chief and ADGP who is in charge of the virtual queue.

With only two months left for the Mandalam-Makaravilakku season, the board has decided not to take over the virtual queue system from the police immediately. Priority will be given to resolving existing complaints in the virtual queue.

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