Thousands of pilgrims, from near and far-off places, throng the Srisailam temple throughout the year to have the darshan of Lord Mallikarjuna Swamy and goddess Brahmaramba Devi. But officials seem to be doing little for the convenience of the devotees even while the temple earns revenue in crore of rupees.
NO FACILITIES IN QUEUE LINES
Around 10 lakh devotees are estimated to visit the Srisailam temple in the auspicious Sravana mausam. But, there is no adequate facilities for rows of queues. Two separate lines have been formed for darshans: one for free and another at `100-a-ticket. However, the queues extend up to the road on Sundays blocking the traffic. Pilgrims suggest that at least four compartments should be built and better facilities provided.
DRINKING WATER CRISIS
Officials say they have provided 300 drinking water taps but pilgrims continue facing problems in finding the taps. The demand for supplying water for the pilgrims through a mobile tank are still pending. As per the estimates, about 11 lakh gallons of water is needed for 1 lakh pilgrims. But the temple officials are failing to meet the requirement.
Stagnant water on the roads and lack of adequate toilets are adding to the devotees’ woes. Even medical facilities are also not proper. Pilgrims have to travel through ghat road to reach the temple and there are clinics on the way to provide first aid in case any of the devotees fall sick.