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Kochi: The high court on Friday asked the Union government to inform whether any clearance has been given for operating helicopter services to Sabarimala Temple.

A division bench led by Justice Anil K Narendran sought details of any clearance given by the Ministry of Civil Aviation after noticing a Sabarimala darshan package that includes helicopter service from Kochi to Nilakkal, from Nilakkal to Pamba by car, and from Pamba to Sannidhanam by dolly service on a website named Heli Kerala.

The court also asked the state government and the Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB), which manages the temple, to inform their views.

As per the information on the website, a helicopter would depart at 8am from Kochi helipad and would reach Nilakkal helipad at 8.45am. The helicopter would return to Kochi by 5pm, by departing Nilakkal at 4.15pm, and it would cost Rs 45,000 per person for the trip. State government and TDB have informed the court that the helicopter service is not operating with their knowledge.

On Friday, the court also directed that no vehicles, including those belonging to the government, should be allowed to be parked by the roadside from Nilakkal to Pamba. The division bench also asked the police and MVD to act against vehicles that put up boards similar to government vehicles.


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