- Developmental projects under the Sabarimala Master plan have been delayed and the pilgrims are unlikely to get more amenities at Sabarimala and in the foothills of Pampa during the upcoming pilgrim season.
- The Sabarimala master plan envisages a) Infrastructure Development, b) Ecological Sustainability and c) Pilgrim facilities.
- It encompasses objectives of planned overall development of a) Sannidhanam area, the abode of Lord Ayyappa on the mountain top, b) Pampa – the river front and the Pampa area, c) Trekking paths to the hill top, d) base camp facilities at Nilakkal, e) feeder towns/places like Erumeli, Pathanamthitta, Vandiperiyar etc. and e) the approach roads to Sabarimala
- Recently, the Kerala state cabinet had set up a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) for comprehensive development of Sabarimala, Pamba, Nilackal and transit camps for pilgrims under the master plan.
- The Sabarimala temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Ayyappa. It is situated on a hilltop named Sabarimala in Pathanamthitta district, Kerala.
- In 2018, the Supreme Court ruled that women, irrespective of age, can enter Kerala’s Sabarimala temple. Previously, girls and women in the 10-50 age group were prohibited from entering the Sabarimala temple.
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