Pilgrim amenities on TTD agenda
Tirumala , Nov 17 :
The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) is keen to provide hassle free darshan, accommodation and good food to visiting pilgrims in a clean and hygienic environment.
… The TTD Trust Board chairman, Mr Kanumuru Bapiraju, revealed TTD plans to achieve this objective while interacting with media persons while inspecting various facilities at Tirumala on Thursday.
He said that safety and security of pilgrims was also top of the agenda of the TTD.
He made a through inspection at VQC II (Vaikuntam queue complex) starting with the security check point, cellphone deposit counter, pilgrim waiting compartments, photometric access cards, VQC canteen, Divyadarshan queue line and toilets, etc., in VQC II.
Mr Bapiraju interacted with pilgrims hailing from Nanded,Orissa, Coimbatore, Bengaluru, Salem, Palakollu and Hyderabad.
He told media persons that most pilgrims had expressed satisfaction about the facilities provided to them by the TTD.
He said that there was still a long way to go as it was a continuous exercise for them to work on cutting short waiting hours of pilgrims for darshan.
He complimented TTD employees for doing their best to provide all facilities to pilgrims.
Referring to the directions of Chief Minister Mr N. Kiran Kumar Reddy to improve cleanliness and hygiene in the temple towns of Tirupati and Tiruchanoor on par with Tirumala, Mr Bapiraju said that it was an important task for them.
He said that he along with local MP Dr Chinta Mohan, Tirupati legislator Dr Chiranjeevi, district collector Mr Soloman Arokhyaraj and TTD executive officer Mr L.V. Subramanyam were chalking out an action plan to achieve the objective.
He said that citizens of the temple towns will observe a change from the ensuing Kartika Brahmotsavams at Tiruchanoor itself.
He claimed credit for the TTD for its commendable service in providing free food at Annaprasada Bhavan.
He said that they had dispensed with the token system for entry into the Annaprasada Bhavan since pilgrims were forced to wait in the queue outside because of delay in issuing tokens.
The chairman indicated to plans to re-introduce the darshan system for Srivari Seva volunteers on the eighth day of completion of their seven-day seva.
The TTD has been contemplating to organise two brahmotsavams in a year from next year onwards.
This is to enable more pilgrims to have a glimpse of Srivari Vahanaseva, Mr Bapiraju informed.
He assured to take care of all amenities for pilgrims including water requirements.
There will be an awareness meeting soon with hotel owners in Tirumala on preventing wastage of water, he added.
Deputy executive officer (temple) Mr Munirathnam Reddy, deputy executive officer (Annaprasadam) Mr Gajapathi, deputy catering officer Mr Subramanyam, executive engineer Mr Jaganmohan Reddy, deputy executive engineer Mr Ravishankar Reddy, Mr Harshavardhan Reddy, AVSO Mr Yugandhar, and Mr Apparao were also present with the chairman during the inspection.