Kerala Police request government to restrict pilgrims to 80,000 a day in Sabarimala during the November pilgrimage window

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Taking into account the extensive damage at Pampa and nearby areas in the recent flood, the Police Department that oversees crowd management have requested the state government to make prior online booking mandatory for pilgrims and also sought a cap on their number during the November pilgrimage window.
The request was placed by State Police Chief Loknath Behera during a meeting convened by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to discuss about the re-construction of infrastructure at Pampa that was battered by flood water, sources said.
Police said the department has requested the government to limit the number of pilgrims to 80,000 per day. This can be done by making booking through Virtual Q, a software launched by the police IT cell, the government was told.
IG Manoj Abraham, nodal officer of Cyberdome, said the mandatory online booking and curb on the number of pilgrims will help in better crowd management.

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