With number of devotees now consistently rising to Sabarimala pilgrimage in Kerala, the local police has begun contemplating on crowd management on the lines of Tirupati temple.
It need be mentioned that the latest proposal is due to opposition from Hindus over earlier proposal to limit the number of pilgrims to the Kerala pilgrimage site.
The earlier proposal had envisaged a limit on daily pilgrims to 80,000 and made it mandatory for the devotees to pre-book their darshan slots via virtual queue.
It is now said that the crowd management system might be positioned at Nilakkal itself.
The marked advantage of the system is that it will enable the pilgrims to book offline too.
Expected to cost around Rs 20 crore, the police have forwarded the new proposal to the government for clearance.
It was also said that the crowd management system will be accompanied by a traffic management system that will streamline vehicular movement from Pathanamthitta onwards.
Police is also contemplating setting up a master control room in Pathanamthitta town from where traffic snarls, crowd etc will be assessed after collating information from the transit camps, Nilakkal and Pamba.>