Traffic Snarl-ups Hit Sabarimala Pilgrims - The New Indian Express

Traffic Snarl-ups Hit Sabarimala Pilgrims

Published: 10th December 2013 09:44 AM

Last Updated: 10th December 2013 09:44 AM

Vehicular traffic on the main road to Sabarimala went haywire on Monday, causing hardships to pilgrims for two to three hours, at a time when there was no rush at Sabarimala. Reports blame the unscientific system introduced by the police, to streamline traffic, resulting in the congestion. Hundreds of vehicles were caught in the jam along the Nilackal-Elavunkal stretch for hours together. They included the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation Pampa special service and those of pilgrims from other states.

It was reported that the fly-over at the Sopanam and the sides of the Sreekovil  witnessed hardly any crowd or queue at the time when the police streamlined traffic causing inconvenience to pilgrims.

It is alleged that the police controlled traffic to conceal the fact that police personnel were restricting pilgrim flow at the holy steps near the Sreekovil to 40 to 50 a minute, when the needed flow was actually 100 to 110 pilgrims a minute.

This resulted in a long queue at the Valiyanadapandal, Nadapandal and Saramkuthi.

The unnecessary traffic jam had left people stranded in the thick forest without drinking water and snacks for long hours.

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