P’kula DC puts a stop to special treatment for VIPs at Mansa Devi
Putting an end to the grandiose VIP culture at Mata Mansa Devi temple in Panchkula, deputy commissioner Vivek Atray has declared that VIP or VVIP passes would no longer be issued to anyone for the Navratra fair.chandigarh Updated: Mar 17, 2015 14:53 IST
Putting an end to the grandiose VIP culture at Mata Mansa Devi temple in Panchkula, deputy commissioner Vivek Atray has declared that VIP or VVIP passes would no longer be issued to anyone for the Navratra fair.
The Chaitra Navratra fair, scheduled from March 21 to March 28, is expected to witness lakhs of devotees. Though during the last navratras in October 2014, special passes were not issued due to code of conduct, before that close to 10,000 such passes were issued every time.
People with VIP passes used to enter the temple from a separate gate and had a separate parking. But with the DC’s decision, every devotee would have to stand in a queue. Politicians, their supporters, heads of departments and even journalists used to be among the beneficiaries who got passes that could be used for all nine days and were transferrable.
“You can’t have so many people as VIPs. The common man stands in queue to pay obeisance. The administration instead must focus on providing good arrangements,” said DC Vivek Atray.
There is always a high demand for special passes as lakhs of people visit the temple on Navratras, making it impossible to reach the sanctum sanctorum without waiting for hours. In last year’s Chaitra Navratra fair, close to 10 lakh people visited the temple in nine days, and donations worth over `1.5 crore were collected.
“It is a good decision. Though it remained to be seen how well it is implemented,” said Rakesh Aggarwal, general secretary, Lok Saravhitkari Society.