Kerala to examine possibility for development works in Sabarimala

Kerala Home minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said govt will examine any loophole in the forest act for implementing developmental works in the arduous trekking path preferred by Ayyappa devotees, from different states.

Last Updated: Jan 17, 2011, 22:05 PM IST

Kottayam: Kerala Home minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan on Monday said the government will examine any loophole in the forest act for implementing developmental works in the arduous trekking path preferred by Ayyappa devotees, from different states.

Speaking to reporters after visiting the stampede area at Pullumedu, Kodiyeri said the flow of pilgrims was quite high this time. The speed of the flow was reduced due to the temporary shops set up in both sides. An enquiry will be held in this aspect, he said.
He said the enquiry by the crime branch will be completed at the earliest. An enquiry will also be held about the presence of an autorickshaw and a jeep at the site.

The minister said absence of modern communication facilities affected the rescue operations.
The 20-member crime branch team, led by superintendent of police S Surendran visited the mishap spot and collected the statements of police and eyewitnesses to the tragedy.

Meanwhile, three bodies at general hospital Eranakulam are yet to be identified. The bodies would be embalmed after their identification.

PTI