Centralised hub to ease pilgrims’ woes
Tirumala , Oct 29 :
The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams will open a ‘centralised luggage dispatch hub’ here to keep the luggage of pilgrims collected from over 32 places in and around Tirumala.
The TTD has decided to alienate the ground floor of the old Annadanam canteen complex for the purpose.
That place is considered ideal for pilgrims to collect back their luggage after finishing their darshan and having Annaprasadam at the new Annadanam complex or after tonsuring their heads.
Joint executive officer (Tirumala) KS Srinivasa Raju told mediapersons here on Friday that the TTD had, at present, 32 collection points and an equal number of points to collect cell phones and other electronic gadgets. Pilgrims have been complaining for some time of difficulty in collecting their baggage and cell phones back from different locations.
Hence the decision on a centralised luggage hub. According to Raju, the TTD administration is thinking of using the old Annadanam complex for other purposes like setting up a police control room, police barracks and tonsure centres.
The ground floor of the building will be for a centralised luggage dispatch hub, an information centre and a book-stall.
On an average, about 50,000 pilgrims, including 25,000 who take the steps to go on foot to Tirumala from Alipiri and Srivari Metlu, utilise the luggage depositing points.
The luggage deposited at Alipiri and Srivari Metlu is transported to Tirumala by vans free of cost and distributed to various collection points on Tirumala for the pilgrims to pick up on reaching Tirumala.
The centralised hub will relieve the transport department of the burden of carrying pilgrims’ luggage to different points on Tirumala as it will suffice to carry all the luggage to a single point