PilgrimsThe problems at Sabarimala temple are the best example of ineptness of administration. The Travancore Devaswom Board is just incapable of handling the influx of pilgrims. The Government has to intervene strongly every year to make sufficient facilities available to the pilgrims without much success. Every year, the Board and the Governments promise that the pucca arrangements would be made before the season. But the arrangements in variably fall short of requirement. Unexpected increase in number of tourists is just an excuse being made by administrators incapable of planning for the pilgrimage.

So, it is high time that a body independent of the Board is created to handle the pilgrimage in a professional manner. Those at the helm of affairs should not be politicians as recommended by the Paripoornan Commission, but people capable of professional management. In this regard, one can take a leaf from the manner in which some of the institutions under the Matha Amrithanandamayi are being run.
There is no need for Sabarimala to remain the milch cow of Travancore Devaswom Board, which has many temples to manage.

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