Allows pilgrims at night through traditional path

A Division Bench of the Kerala High Court on Saturday directed District Collectors of Idukki, Kottayam, and Pathanamthitta to deploy executive magistrates to take necessary action against vendors who charge exorbitant prices from Sabarimala pilgrims.

At a special sitting, the Bench comprising Justice Thottathil B. Radhakrishnan and Justice A. V. Ramakrishna Pillai which deals with Devaswom matters ordered the police chiefs of Idukki, Pathanamthitta, and Kottayam districts to provide necessary assistance to the executive magistrates in their effort to take action against the erring vendors.

The court asked the Forest Department and the Eco Development Committees not to raise any objection to the orders passed by these executive magistrates.

The court also modified its earlier order on the entry of pilgrims at night through the traditional trekking path and asked the authorities to allow pilgrim entry through the path after 6 p.m.

The Bench directed the Forest Department to make sure that only reasonable and fair price was collected from the pilgrims and that they were not exploited in any way.

The court directed the authorities concerned to inscribe the maximum retail price of Rs.15 on all Sabari Jalam bottles. The court directed the State government to make alternative arrangements for supplying bottled drinking water at fixed price along the traditional trekking path.

The court while considering an e-mail report by the Sabarimala Special Commissioner directed the Kerala Water Authority to immediately provide water supply to the temporary health clinic at Karimala which is experiencing acute water scarcity.

The court asked the police authorities to take steps to effectively control the rush of pilgrims.

The Forest Department and the Police Department should act in tandem to ensure that there was safe passage of pilgrims through the traditional trekking path even after sun set, the court said.

  • Collectors told to deploy executive magistrates

  • District police chiefs should give necessary help