TTD HAS MADE SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS TO PILGRIMS DURING RUSH DAYS
Tirumala, 12 June 2011(P.R.O) With record visit of devotees to the hill shrine of Tirumala for darshan Lord Venkateswara at the fag end of summer holidays the TTD (Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams) authorities have made elaborate arrangements.
We have made fool proof arrangements to facilitates as many devotees as possible for darshan, laddu prasadam, tonsuring and also accommodation besides providing them free food , water and butter milk to all those in the queue lines said Sri Srinivasa Raju, the Joint Executive officer Tirumala.
Briefing newsmen at the Annamayya Bhavan on the special arrangements made to tackle the heavy on rush of devotees during last two week ends Sri Raju said TTD had spared no efforts to ensure that all the devotees, particularly the common devotees were not disappointed at any state.
He said the TTD administration had streamlined the management system to regularly monitor the queue lines, distribution of prasadams, allotment of rooms and also the uninterrupted darshan of Lord Venkateswara. People have been coming from all over the country and we made all out efforts to ensure that none of them were disappointed in any manner, he said.
We are receiving over one lakh devotees per day to Tirumala and we are striving our best to see that all of them get access to darshan, food and also drinking water facilities “he said. On a round the clock basis food packets ( sambar rice and Upma ) besides milk, butter milk and drinking water were supplied to all those waiting in the queue lines all over Tirumala in the Vaikuntham queue complex and also those waiting for tonsuring in ANC, PAC and PAC-2 complex, said the official.
The JEO said on June 4 th, Saturday as many as 85,000 devotees had darshan and 3283 rooms were issued to them. Similarly on Sunday June 5 th last 1,10,000 devotees had darshan and 4020 rooms were issued. In the same manner on June 11 th, Saturday 99,500 devotees had darshan and 4100 rooms were occupied in Tirumala. “Today as of 11.AM as many as 45,000 devotees had darshan “he said.
He said special arrangements were made for tonsuring for the benefit of devotees coming in large numbers and nearly 700 barbers including lady barbers were working round the clock . “
We have organized tonsuring at Kalyana Katta and also Mini Kalyana Katta and provided food (upma, sambar rice, butter milk, milk for children and drinking water” he said. While 43,713 devotees had tonsuring on June 9 th, nearly 51,500 had offered hair as their vow to Lord Venkateswara on June 11 th “he said.
Sri Raju said food packets, milk and butter milk were offered to devotees standing in queue lines at the CRO (central reception office) 85,000 packets of sambar rice and 51,000 packets of upma were provided for those waiting in queue for rooms besides 15,000 cups of milk, 20,000 packets of butter milk and adequate quantity of sambar rice and umpa “ he said. The Ghat Road works will also be commenced with in couples of days, he said.
he TTD authorities anticipate the devotees rush to continue for few more days before the commencement of the school openings all over south India.” We are making every effort to ensure easy and comfortable darshan to all including those coming by walk besides providing them free food, Laddu Prasadam and also drinking water “said Sri Raju.The chief security and vigilance Officer of TTD Sri M K Singh, Addl C.V.SO Sri Sivakumar Reddy, Spl Gr. DyEO Sri Lakshmikantham and other senior TTD officials participated in the media briefing.