Hardships for Sabarimala pilgrims
By Express News Service | Published: 22nd November 2013 11:01 AM |
The pilgrims who tread through the traditional forest route of Vallakadavu-Sathram-Pulmedu-Sabarimala are facing absence of potable water and food items on the trekking path. Thousands of pilgrims, who walk through the 18-km strenuous forest route, are denied the basic facilities due to the neglect of the forest authorities who failed to give permission for members of the eco-development committees (EDCs) to open shops on the trekking path.
In the past, the EDCs used to open shops and food stalls, numbering 10 to 11, on the trekking path to sell bottled water and snacks. However, the forest authorities have even failed in convening a meeting of the members of the EDCs to discuss about settting up shops. In addition, the pilgrims, who reached Sabarimala through the route, have complained that the trekking path was not properly cleared for trekking.