After receiving a string of complaints from the public the Maharashtra government has decided to abolish VIP passes that enable speedy darshan. VIP visits have galled thousands of other devotees who have to patiently wait their turn in the long lines.
According to this new Government Resolution VIP passes in 3067 state run temples will be cancelled. Senior citizens, pregnant women, and parents with children, however will be given direct entry.
Abolition includes in the iconic Siddhivinayak Temple in Mumbai, Shirdi Saibaba Temple, the Mahalaxmi Temple of Kolhapur and the Pandharpur Temple.
"We don't want to inconvenience devotees, but we believe they will benefit from the banning of VIP passes," said Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, Maharashtra Law and Judiciary Minister.