Sabarimala: Kerala govt files affidavit in HC
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Last Updated: Friday, January 21, 2011, 14:00
Kochi: Rapped by the Kerala High Court for inadequate measures in the wake of Pulmedu tragedy which claimed the lives of 102 Sabarimala pilgrims, the state government Friday filed an affidavit stating that it would draw up an action plan for disaster prevention and also take up various measures including development of Nilakkal base camp, which would help to regulate the entry of pilgrims to Sabarimala.

In the affidavit filed by K Jayakumar, Additional Chief Secretary, who is also the Home, Vigilance and Devaswom Secretary, stated that the high-powered committee for implementation of Sabarimala Master Plan had identified few projects for better crowd management which would be completed by next season.

An action plan for disaster prevention would be drawn up. Development of Nilakkal as base camp and providing better facilities for pilgrims would help to contain the pilgrims there and regulate their entry to Sabarimala.

Creating additional space at 'Sannidhanam' (Sanctum Sanctorum) by constructing two storeyed walk way, creating an exit over-bridge at the back of the temple, shifting the Prasadam complex, improving facilities and safety at the points at which pilgrims congregate to watch 'Makara Jyothi', were among the projects.

The government would hold consultative meeting with National Disaster Management Agency, state disaster management agency and other experts and devise safety measures on the route and other routes, the government stated in the affidavit.

He informed the court that the exact sequence and events leading to Sabarimala tragedy will be clear only after the investigation of the Crime Branch was over.

Government also reiterated that 279 police personnel and forest officials were deployed in the area after the Pulmedu tragedy.

After the tragedy, the state government had pressed into service all facilities for rescue operations and to ensure that pilgrims are able to leave the place without difficult.

Government has also announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh for those killed in the tragedy, he stated.


First Published: Friday, January 21, 2011, 14:00

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