Updated: October 16, 2020 3:21:41 pm
For the primary time because the pandemic started, the hilltop shrine at Sabarimala in Kerala will open its doorways to pilgrims Friday night for the five-day prayers within the Malayalam month of Thulam.
The state authorities and the Travancore Devaswom Board, that administers the shrine, has strengthened security preparations to handle pilgrim crowds at a time when Kerala is experiencing a serious spike in infections. Daily instances have hovered between 7,000 and 10,0000 previously two weeks.
To maintain a verify on the movement of pilgrims, authorities have determined to permit solely 250 individuals to supply prayers in a day on the temple. Pilgrims should ebook time slots for darshan on the digital queue system of the Kerala Police and make preparations in accordance. Those under the age of 10 and above 60 are barred from coming into the shrine.
Most importantly, all pilgrims should produce a Covid-negative certificates obtained within the final 48 hours and a medical health certificates testifying that they’re wholesome to undertake the almost 5-km-long trek from the bottom at Pamba to the shrine on the high of the hill. Masks are necessary whereas coming into the temple although it has been made non-compulsory whereas climbing the hill citing well being issues. They should observe social distancing whereas endeavor the trek. Hospitals have been arrange on the hilltop, Pamba and Nilackal to cope with emergency instances, the federal government stated.
The observe of taking a dip within the Pamba river earlier than climbing the hill has additionally been revoked. Instead, showers have been put in on the river-bank for bathing functions.
As against earlier years, devotees can not lengthen their keep on the shrine or at Pamba put up providing prayers in view of the protection protocols. They should return to Nilackal, the place expansive parking amenities have been organized. Pilgrims can relaxation at Nilackal topic to a couple hours earlier than returning residence. Instead of state transport buses providing chain companies between Nilackal and Pamba, personal vehicles and vans will likely be allowed to go up until Pamba, drop the pilgrims and return to Nilackal. However, routine state bus companies will likely be operated from Pathanamthitta to Pamba.
The temple will likely be open for pilgrims until October 21. On Saturday, October 17, the brand new appointments for posts of head monks of Sabarimala and Malikappuram temples will likely be made by way of a draw of heaps.
HC nod to state govt for buying land for airport
The Kerala High Court Friday gave the nod for the state authorities to amass land of the Cheruvally Estate for the proposed greenfield airport close to Sabarimala.
In July, the High Court had stayed a authorities order directing the Kottayam district collector to amass the property on a petition filed by Ayana Charitable Trust (previously often called Gospel for Asia), Thiruvalla. The 2263-acre property had been bought to Gospel for Asia by the tea plantations firm Harrisons Malayalam Limited in 2005. However, the deal fell foul after the federal government hooked up round 38,000 acres of land, together with the Cheruvally property, declaring it as income land. The petitioners within the case contended that the federal government should pay compensation for the land.
It was in 2017 that the state authorities determined to construct an airport on public-private-partnership (PPP) mannequin at Cheruvally Estate land for the good thing about crores of pilgrims who go to Sabarimala yearly. Besides, residents of Kottayam and Pathanamthitta districts also can rely upon the airport. If the airport turns into a actuality, Kerala could have 5 airports, probably the most in any state.
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