Procedural delays and failure of authorities to give clearances affected the setting up of the Covid test laboratory at Nilakkal.
The enhancement of pilgrims was done by the high court without considering any proper report or other documents, the state government said in its petition.
Only 1,000 pilgrims will be allowed to Sivagiri a day during the annual pilgrimage from December 30 to January 1, 2021.
Police and other officials deployed diverted the pilgrims to different ghats to avoid crowding at a particular ghat, especially those in Kurnool city and Mantralayam areas.
From Bengal, in the pre-COVID-19 time at least 9,000 pilgrims used to go on the Haj pilgrimage annually, he said.
Char Dham Yatra for Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri was not opened till July for pilgrims across the country.
Palaniswami assured Modi that the State government would follow all the prescribed Covid-19 protocols to ensure the safety of the pilgrims while sending them from Chennai.
Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that December 10 is the last date for submitting applications for Haj pilgrimage 2021.
While the report was mandatory for pilgrims who arrived from outside the state till now, the move was taken to combat the rising COVID-19 cases in the state.
He added that there need not be a fresh Hajj draw next year and that those selected this year may go instead.
For 250 Tamilians, mostly pilgrims, stranded in Varanasi district of Uttar Pradesh, help came from an unexpected quarter.
With the new road, a light vehicle can ply up to 75 kms (5 km short of boundary) and a five day trek will be reduced to two days of road travel thus saving six days of to and fro journey.
A PIL said that there were no COVID-19 cases in Rajasthan’s Sirohi district where 107 pilgrims are stranded.
Two people 'a 55-year-old Hoshiarpur man and a 22-year-old woman from Amritsar' also succumbed to the infection, taking the death toll to 25 in the state. Both died on Monday.
Relaxations for inter-state movement given to distressed migrant workers, pilgrims, students only: MHA
Thousands of tourists, students and pilgrims were also stranded in different parts of the country due to the lockdown.