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HC appointed High-Power Committee visits Nilackal and Pamba

Press Trust of India  |  Nilackal/Pamba 

: The three-member High Power monitoring committee, appointed by the High court, Monday visited Nilackal, the base camp and to assess the facilities for pilgrims.

The committee, comprising retired judges P R and S Sirijagan and DGP A Hemachandran, visited the two placesthis evening.

Justice said he was satisfied with the facilities at Nilackal.

A false campaign was going on, saying that there were very few facilities for pilgrims at the two places, DGP Hemachandran said at Nilackal.

"The media should telecast the real picture", he told reporters.

However, more facilities needed to be given to police personnel, deployed for temple duty, he said.

The members visited Pamba, which saw the maximum devastation during the August floods with many facilities for the pilgrims, including toilets, being washed away.

They committee will visit the sannidhanam (temple complex) tomorrow and hold discussions with officials of various departments, including the (TDB), which manages the hill shrine.

The high court had appointed the committee following large scale complaints that the facilities at the temple complex were meagre.

The committee, which held its first meeting at Kochi Sunday, had said they would assess the existing facilities at the temple complex and would make suggestions to add more facilities, If needed.

"Our top priority will be basic needs like toilets and water facilities. These things should be available for all. Food must be served properly. These are the things that will be assessed", Justice had said.

The High Court had on November 27 ordered that no protests or demonstrations should be held at the 'Sannidhanam' (temple complex) of the at Sabarimala, holding that it was not a place for such activities.

It had also set aside the 'unilateral' restrictions imposed by police on the devotees and appointed a three-member team as its observers there during the ongoing Mandala-Makaravilakku festival season.

The hill shrine had been witnessing protests by devotees and right wing groups against the government's decision to implement the September 28 verdict, permitting women of all age groups to pray at the temple.

Since the verdict, no women in the 10-50 age group has succeeded in offering prayers at the shrine, where the deity is "Naishtika Brahmachari" (perennial celebate),

The was opened on November 16 for the over two-month-long pilgrimage season amid tension.

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First Published: Mon, December 03 2018. 20:15 IST
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