Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala State Government has decided to open the traditional route to Sabarimala Temple from Pampa via Neelimala, Appachimedu and Marakoottam. The decision was made due to the steady decline in Covid-19 cases in the state.Also Read – Amid Omicron Variant Threat, South Korea Extends Overseas Travel Advisory
The decision was taken during a meeting between Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Minister Devaswom K Radhakrishnan. Also read – Good news! Austria ends lockdown for fully vaccinated people – Details here
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- Primary care structures have been set up in Appachimedu and Neelimala.
- Reports indicate that around 500 rooms have also been fitted out in accordance with COVID-19 protocols to make it easier to stay overnight in Sannidhanam for worshipers.
According to the statement released by the office of the chief minister, bathing and bali tharpanam rituals will be allowed in the Pampa River after the local administration assesses the water level. The Sabarimala temple reportedly opened in mid-November for two months amid a series of precautionary measures.
- The RT-PCR test report performed within 72 hours will be mandatory, while two doses of COVID-19 vaccination certificate will be required to visit Lord Ayyappa Shrine.
- Health ministry officials have also been deployed to Pamba treatment centers in Sannidhanam, while the state government has set up oxygen facilities and emergency medical centers at five locations along of this road.
- Special dispensaries had also been set up in various locations, including Sannidhanam, Nilakkal, Pampa, Nilakkal, Erumeli and Charalmedu (Ayyappan Road).