Travancore Devaswom board has sought time to implement the Supreme Court verdict on young women entry at Sabarimala citing lack of amenities.
On a petition of a couple of women seeking police protection to make it to Sabarimala, the devaswom claimed that after the flood a lot of facilities were washed away.
Also the Sabarimala masterplan was yet to get approval. Besides, there were issues with the forest department over development. All these were standing in the way of the devaswom undertaking development activities to meet the arrival of more pilgrims, especially women.
Like in the petition submitted to Supreme Court seeking time, here too, it has not clarified the time by when it would be ready to allow women pilgrims to worship at the shrine. The court asked the three-member committee it appointed to oversee the affairs at Sabarimala till the end of the season.
Separately, devaswom president A Padmakumar told mediapersons that the board did not have any plan to construct any new building at Sabarimala, but would only improve basic amenities and proposed to retain it as a forest temple.
He added that as part of a green initiative, only battery-run vehicles would ply between Nilakkal and Pampa from the next season. He said the HC monitoring panel was of help to the devaswom and the Government would take a decision soon on lifting prohibitory orders at Sabarimala.