TDB directed to provide fencing at Sabarimala

Published: 06th September 2012 08:21 AM  |   Last Updated: 06th September 2012 08:21 AM   |  A+A-

The Kerala High Court on Wednesday directed the Travancore Devaswom Board to take steps to provide suitable fencing at the entrance to the Nadappanthal at Sabarimala.

A Division Bench comprising Justice Thottathil Radhakrishnan and Justice A V Ramakrishna Pillai issued the directive while considering a report of the Devaswom Ombudsman in this regard.

“The TDB will immediately take steps to provide fencing, barricade or cattle trap at the entrance to the Nadappanthal and at other important places from the Pampa to Marakkoottam and from Marakkoottam to Nadappanthal wherever en route shelters are already provided with,” the court held.

The Forest Department has submitted that if the fencing construction was in terms of the master plan and within the land allotted to the board, it will not have any objection.

The court also considered the suggestions to provide only rice gruel at Sannidhanam during the pilgrimage season.

The TDB had submitted that insisting on rice gruel only at Sannidhanam would mean that all the hotels and other stalls currently functioning in the area have to be stopped and that the TDB would suffer a substantial revenue loss.

“Unlike other pilgrim spots, a large number of pilgrims used to stay at Sannidhanam for days, especially during the Makaravilakku season. Any restriction regarding food would only create unrest among the pilgrims as a result of which the flow of pilgrims is likely to come down,” Counsel for the TDB V V Nanda Gopal Nambiar submitted.

Stay up to date on all the latest Kerala news with The New Indian Express App. Download now


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp