The Food Safety Commissionerate has made elaborate arrangements to implement the 57-point guidelines prescribed in the Food Safety Act at various hotels and other eateries at Sabarimala.

The Food Safety Commissioner, Manoj Joshi and Chief Health Co-ordinator for Sabarimala, Dinesh Arora, have said directions have already been issued to various shops at Sabarimala as well as the base camps of Pampa and Nilackal to strictly comply with the food safety norms.

They said hotels and other eateries at Sabarimala should see to it that only good quality food items were sold at their shops.

A round-the-clock Food Safety Control room has been opened at the Sannidhanam. Special teams have been conducting periodic inspections at the Appam-Aravana plant, Annadanam centres, canteens run by TDB as well as various departments, hotels, etc.

Pilgrim dies of heart attack

A 44-year old pilgrim, identified as Chandran of Balusserry in Kozhikode district, died of heart attack at the Cardiology Centre at Appachimedu on the Pampa-Sannidhanam trekking path Tuesday afternoon.

The Akhika Bharatha Ayyappa Seva Sanghom volunteers shifted the body to Pampa for transporting it to Kozhikode, later.

NSS opens hospital

Nair Service Society has opened a free healthcare centre at Sabarimala Sannidhanamo on Tuesday.

Mr. Unnikrishnan Namboodiri, assistant to temple head priest, lighted the ceremonial lamp. Mr. S.Sreekumar, Mr. Rajagopal and Mr. Madhusoodhana Menon, hospital authorities, were present.