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Heavy rain at Sabarimala

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Police personnel extend a helping hand to pilgrims

Sabarimala witnessed heavy rain on Tuesday posing much difficulty to pilgrims in undertaking the trek through the steep Neelimala path.

However, a large number of Ayyappa devotees, mostly from Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, trekked the hills braving the heavy downpour.

Pilgrim shelters

The police personnel deployed on the holy 18 steps (Pathinettampady) extended a helping hand to the pilgrims climbing the steep steps leading to the temple.

The Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) has made arrangements to provide sufficient number of pilgrim shelters to accommodate 17,000 people at the Sannidhanam, devaswom executive officer Rajendra Prasad said.

The board has opened 40 counters for supplying medicated drinking water at the Sannidhanam, besides the drinking water kiosks. The TDB works department has provided storage tanks having a capacity of 2.65 crore litres at the Sannidhanam.

Chief engineer G. Krishnakumar told The Hindu that the department had provided 998 toilets, including 500 container toilets, at the Sannidhanam. The sewage treatment plant with a capacity to treat five million litres of sewage a day at the Sannidhanam was fully operational. This was besides three incinerators for solid waste disposal. He said the board had provided 970 toilets at the Nilackal base camp and 130 drinking water kiosks. The Nilackal base camp has also got facility to accommodate 9,000 pilgrims at its shelters, besides parking facility for 9,000 vehicles.

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