Hindu Aikyavedi general secretary Kummanam Rajashekharan has said the lack of co-ordination among various government departments, agencies, the TDB and other stakeholders was a major problem facing Sabarimala during the annual pilgrim season.

He told The Hindu that a high-power committee with statutory powers should be present at Sabarimala through out the pilgrim season to monitor the functioning of various agencies and departments.

Mr. Rajashekharan said the government and the TDB should also explore the possibility of engaging Central agencies like the National Disaster Response Force with a view to ensuring pilgrim-friendly crowd management.

He added that ego clashes or cold wars between stakeholders should never be allowed to take their toll on the pilgrimage. Mr. Rajashekharan said the government should seek the support of the Union government as well as neighbouring States for the smooth conduct of the pilgrim season, as a major chunk of pilgrims come from Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.

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