The police have taken precautions to avert untoward incidents at Sabarimala and surrounding base camps of pilgrims during the Makaravilakku festival, P.Chandrashekharan, Additional Director-General of Police, has said.

Addressing the media at the Sabarimala Sannidhanam on Sunday, the ADGP said Pampa-bound vehicles would be stopped at Nilackal, instead of places such as Plappally and Attathode, to ease the pressure of pilgrims at Pampa and Sabarimala during the rush days of the Makaravilakku festival. Vehicles stopped at Nilackal would be diverted to parking lots at the Nilackal base camp and released periodically.

Mr. Chandrashekharan said the department had taken extensive measures as prescribed by the Hariharan Nair Commission that inquired into the Pulmedu stampede tragedy that claimed 52 lives on the Makaravilakku day in 2011. The commission had made 45 suggestions to avert accidents on the Makaravilakku day when multitude of pilgrims congregate at Sabarimala and surrounding hills to witness the Makarajyoti and the deeparadhana performed at Ponnambalamedu, a hill facing the Sannidhanam. Double barricades wou ld be erected at all Makarajyoti viewing points, besides providing drinking water.

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