A week into the 41-day Mandalam pilgrim season, the Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) is experiencing a never-before worsening in its revenue assortment at Sabarimala.
Thanks to the prohibitory orders underneath Section 144 of CrPC within the wake of the continuing protests under the aegis of the Sangh Parivar organisations against the Supreme Court verdict of september 28 allowing the entry of women of all ages to the Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala, there has been a drastic fall in variety of pilgrims visiting hill shrine.
Dip in aravana sales
The sale of Aravana, the most-sought-after Sabarimala prasadom, was badly affected in the 1st week of the continuing season.
The TDB might sell solely around 2.4 lakh cans of aravana in seven days against the sale of over 10 lakh cans throughout the same period the previous year, sources same. Similarly, the appam sale throughout the first seven days was below 50,000 packets. this can be against the common daily sale of 60,000 packets throughout the last pilgrim season.
The hundi collection too has been reportedly fallen by 70th during the primary week, compared to the same period during the previous pilgrim season.
With fewer takers, the TDB stopped Aravana production from 4 p.m. on Thursday as it already had a buffer stock of 29 lakh cans of aravana. The appam production was stopped 3 days past. The TDB has already got a stock of 2 lakh packets of appam as on Thursday afternoon.
KSRTC too hit
The Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) that conducts Sabarimala special services and therefore the traders, particularly hoteliers, at the pilgrim centre too have started experiencing a fall in their earnings.
The KSRTC has reportedly withdrawn as several as 60 special buses following a 30th drop by its assortment from the Sabarimala special services.
The TDB is troubled to complete the auctioning of the correct to run numerous retailers at Sabarimala, Pampa, Nilackal and Plappally. Of the 220 retailers up for auction, solely a hundred and fifty found takers and many who had signed the contract with the board perceived to be reluctant to remit the safety deposit for worry of losing cash if the curbs on pilgrim movement persisted for long.
Though the TDB had set apart 530 rooms for rent at the Sannidhanam, hardly 200 rooms had been obsessed as there have been curbs on pilgrims staying at the holy hillock.