SABARIMALA: The Akhila Bharatha Ayyappa Seva Sangham (ABASS) has sought the intervention of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy for the relaunch of Kumily-Uppupara KSRTC chain bus service in the interests of thousands of pilgrims.
When ‘Express,’ contacted ABASS general secretary N Velayudhan Nair, he said that the sangham has submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister and Transport and Forest Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan for resuming the Uppupara KSRTC special chain service from Erumely.
Velayudhan Nair said that by resuming the Kumily-Uppupara service, pilgrims could be spared of the long-winding journey to Sabarimala through Kanjirappally-Erumeli-Pampa. He said that by relaunching the Uppupara chain service, the cardiac death toll among pilgrims could also be brought down substantially.
Nair has sought the intervention of the Forest Minister to permit pilgrims reach Pulmedu through Vallakadavu and Kozhikanam. The Forest Department should initiate measures to reopen the 70-odd shops and tea stalls run by eco-development committees on the Pulmedu-Pandithavalam route, he said.
Nair has sought the permission from the Forest Department to set up a pilgrim transit camp facility at Uppupara for offering free food and potable water to thousands of pilgrims during Makaravilakku. Welcoming the decision of the Forest Department to open a transit camp of ABASS at Sathram, Nair said the Department should also permit the sangham to reopen the camp at Uppupara.