Trivandum: The online queue bookings for the 2013-14 season of Sabarimala pilgrimage will start from October 15, 2013. Pilgrims can book a slot in the queue for darshan using the Virtual Q website, sabarimalaq.com, which was developed by Kerala Police to facilitate the pilgrimage to Sabarimala.
This free web based service enables the pilgrims to reserve their place in the Queue at a specified hour on any day when the shrine is open, on a ‘First Come, First Serve’ basis. Pilgrims can select the date and time of joining the queue and they are provided accommodation in the queue for darshan, subject to availability. During the 2012-13 pilgrimage season about 16 lakh pilgrims had utilised the Sabarimala Virtual Q online booking system. Apart from saving time for the pilgrims, the Virtual-Q coupon facility proved to be a crowd management tool for Kerala Police.
Pilgrims can book their slots six to eight weeks in advance in the Virtual-Q system. While registering, the pilgrims have to furnish their name, age, address, photograph, details of photo identity card, etc. The date and time of joining the queue can be chosen by the pilgrim according to the availability of hourly slots. After successful booking pilgrims have to download and print their coupons. The Virtual-Q Coupon contains the date and time of darshan, name and photograph of the pilgrim, barcode, etc.
During the pilgrimage the pilgrims are required to carry these coupons and the photo identity card used for registration. Pilgrims have to produce the Coupon and Photo Identity Card at the Queue Coupon Verification Counters facilitated exclusively for this purpose at Pampa. Those who carry the verified coupons are only entitled to avail the facilities of Virtual-Q System from Pampa to Sannidhanam. Pilgrims coming through the Virtual-Queue System are allowed to join the queue at Sannidhanam Nadapanthal.
In 2011, Kerala Police had implemented the online ‘Sabarimala Virtual Q’ booking system to regulate and streamline the devotees at Sabarimala. The website and the online booking system was designed, developed and maintained by a team at the Police Computer Centre in the State Crime Records Bureau (SCRB) of Kerala Police. The Sabarimala Virtual Q system had won the first Chief Minister’s award for Innovation in Public Policy, for the year 2011.
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