EKADASI AND DWADASI TICKETS GETS OVERWHELMING RESPONSE
Tirupati, 21 Dec 2011(P.R.O) The Rs.300 and Rs.100 issued by TTD to the local pilgrims in e-Darshan counters at Mahati Auditorium in Tirupati on Wednesday for Vaikunta Ekadasi and Dwadasi occasions, received overwhelming response from the masses.
The issuance of these tickets started by 9am on Wednesday in two e-Darshan counters at Mahati auditorium. However within couple of hours serpentine queue lines have become the order of the day with devotees pouring in to buy these tickets. Tirumala Joint EO Sri KS Srinivasa Raju who personally monitored the situation, immediately directed the officials to start three more ticket issuing counters including one inside Bhudevi Complex near Old Alipiri Bus stand and two more near Alipiri luggage counters to avoid long waiting hours for the devotees in obtainining the tickets.
Later speaking to media persons the Joint EO of Tirumala said, With a noble aim TTD has introduced issuance of Rs.300 and Rs.100 tickets on the two important festive occasions of Vaikuntha Ekadasi and Vaikuntha Dwadasi (which falls on 2012 January 5 and 6 respectively) for the sake of the pilgrims with a ceiling limit of 5000 and 30thousand tickets respectively. Out of this a quota of one thousand Rs.300 tickets(five hundred tickets on each day) and ten thousand tickets of Rs.100(five thousand tickets on each day) has been allotted for the local devotees. “The Rs.100 ticket holders have to mandatorily trek Tirumala either through Alipiri or by Srivari Mettu footpath routes. Their tickets will be verified in the ticket counters located along these two foot path routes”, he added.
Along with Joint EO Tirumala, CVSO Sri MK Singh, VGO Tirupati Sri Manohar, SE 1 Sri Sudhakar Rao, EE Sri Nageshwara Rao, EDP Manager Sri Bhasker were also present.