Ujjain: With people in thousands pouring into the city of Mahakal to seek blessings from the lord, Mahakaleshwar Temple Management Committee (MTMC) has been grappling with complaints, alleging absence of basic public facilities as well as administrative and police lapse. However, following the Arunima Sinha incident, the MTMC claimed to have made adequate arrangements for the devotees. Despite Christmas is over, heavy crowd is still housing in the city, but their stay must have been an ugly affair given the apathy of administration.

The arrangements and the facilities provided for devotes by the MTMC have been a big flop. A minimum two-hour wait in long queue to get into the temple got almost all the devotees exhausted of their energy and spirit. Adding to its woes, hundreds of hawkers, beggars, priests and restaurateurs extract the rest from them. These apart, there are always alcoholics and drug addicts to loot or con people around the temple.

Now, once they enter temple after a long struggle, they face massive commotion and jostling to squeeze out the drop of devotion from their hearts. Suffering the unexpected hassle at a holy place like Mahakal temple, people rued the MTMC should have made proper arrangements for easy darshan as they were well aware about the rush, normally witnessed by the temple around this time of the year.
The worst hit are specially-abled people who are being denied the very deserved facilities like wheel chairs and safeguard from rush.

After Arunima Sinha, the first female amputee to scale Mount Everest, was denied entry into the sanctum sanctorum of the temple yesterday, the MTMC has instructed its staff to give special care to the specially-abled and aged devotees. The temple administration has established a help desk to help devotees in hassle-free darshan. On Tuesday, due to commotion and jostling could not have darshan even after a long wait. When the angry woman complained to the help desk, they helped her to have darshan of the deity.

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