TTD to ask government to bring Tiruchanoor panchayat under the fold of TTD

The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD) board of trustees on Wednesday resolved to develop the temple town of Goddess Padmavathi at Tiruchanoor on the lines of Tirumala.

Jointly briefing the deliberations of the meeting, the TTDs Chairman K. Bapiraju and L.V. Subramanyam said that as a first step in the direction it had been resolved to recommend to the government to bring the Tiruchanoor panchayat under the fold of the TTD. Allaying fears among local denizens of Tiruchanoor, they said that the intention behind the move was to craft out more facilities for the benefit of the visiting pilgrims thronging the tiny hamlet abutting the Tirupati town such as widening of the four mada streets, construction of amenities complex, waiting halls etc.

In its marathon meeting, the board also resolved to construct massive Pilgrim Amenities Complexes (PAC) at Bhadrachalam, Arasavalli, Penchalakona, Sri Kalahasti, Mahanandi with its funds.

The board also resolved to purchase rice (sona masuri) required to suit its daily requirements from the AP Rice Millers Association at Rs.39 per kilogram.

The annual consumption of rice by the TTD is roughly put around 66,000 quintals, which the management at present is purchasing at Rs.42 per kilogram.

In a major decision, the board also resolved to provide one acre of land to set up an Octopus training centre at Tirumala and submit the required proposals to the government for further approval.

While the board gave its nod to take up the construction of Sri Venkateswara temple at Kanyakumari at a whopping cost of Rs.22 crore, it also approved the proposals to construct another SV Temple at Naimisaranyam at the cost of Rs.90 lakh.

The meeting resolved to extend retirement allowance to the aged archakas who are unable to discharge their duties in a proper way.