Makaravilakku festival begins on Monday

Elaborate arrangements have been made to provide better facilities to pilgrims coming to Sabarimala for the Makaravilakku festival that begins on Monday, festival chief coordinator K. Jayakumar has said.

Talking to The Hindu , Mr. Jayakumar said streamlined and scientific crowd management was the need of the hour to ensure smooth darshan for all pilgrims.

He said he had convened a meeting of the Collectors and Superintendents of Police of the districts of Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, and Idukki at Kottayam on December 28 to seek their active involvement in ensuring better coordination among government departments at Pampa, Sabarimala, Nilackal, Erumely, and other base camps of pilgrims during the festival.

Better coordination among the police force deployed at the Sannidhanam, Pampa, and Nilackal was very important to avoid the confusion and chaos similar to that witnessed during the last lap of the Mandalam festival.

He said additional space for parking at least 7,000 heavy vehicles had been provided at the Nilackal base camp.