Trivandrum: Sabarimala Virtual Q, the online queue booking system developed by Kerala Police to facilitate the pilgrimage to Sabarimala, has won the first Chief Minister’s award for Innovation in Public Policy, for the year 2011. The award was presented today by Chief Minister Shri Oommen Chandy at a function held at the Institute of Management in Government IMG) in Thiruvananthapuram.
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 free web based service enabled the pilgrims to reserve their place in the Queue for the Sabarimala pilgrimage at a specified hour on any day when the shrine is open, on a ‘First Come, First Serve’ basis. Pilgrims could select the date and time of joining the queue, by accessing the website and they were provided accommodation in the Queue subject to availability.
About 16 lakh pilgrims had utilised the Sabarimala Virtual Q online booking system during the recent pilgrim season. In the previous season, about 8 lakh pilgrims had used it during 2011-12. Apart from saving time for the pilgrims, the Virtual-Q coupon facility proved to be a crowd management tool for Kerala Police.
The award has a prize money of Rs.4 lakhs and a citation. Certificates were also given to the team members consisting of Anil Kant, IG, SCRB; Mathew Simon, System Analyst; Raunaq Ali Khan, Assistant Commandant – Software; M R Mukesh, Dili S, Abdul Razi and Pramod. P Chandrashekaran, ADGP and Sabarimala Chief Police Co-ordinator, is the brain behind the Sabarimala Virtual Q online booking system.
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