Kanjirappally: The motor vehicles department will take action against Sabarimala pilgrims who are arriving in goods carriages like lorries and mini-lorries.
Goods vehicles carrying pilgrims are mainly arriving from other states. As per law, people are allowed to travel only inside the cabins of goods carriages.
The department also cited a court order against using goods vehicles to transport pilgrims after a lorry from another state carrying pilgrims met with a tragic accident.
The court order came after finding that the travel in goods carriages is unsafe. In the following years, pilgrims arriving in lorries were stopped at the border and other vehicles were arranged for them to complete their journey.
However, unaware of the court order, more pilgrims are arriving in such vehicles. Besides this, pilgrims from Kerala itself are reaching Pamba in mini-pickups.
In past years, right from the beginning of the pilgrimage season the motor vehicles department used to stop the lorries and arrange alternative transport.
However, the department's safe zone squad, which works round the clock during the pilgrimage season, had stopped a lorry carrying pilgrims at Mundakkayam, triggering protests by several groups.
The department said that the protesters were reacting without knowing the facts. It also sought cooperation to help implement the court order to ensure safety of the pilgrims.
The squad officials said that they will continue to stop goods vehicles carrying pilgrims.