The Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanam (TTD) will soon procure baggage strap machines to secure and accept unlocked luggage of devotees undertaking ‘padayatra’ to reach the hilltop, TTD Board trustee N. Kannaiah said here on Thursday.

On an average, about 26,000 pilgrims undertook ‘padayatra’ along with their children and luggage. Though the TTD had cloak facilities only locked baggage of the devotees were accepted for free transportation to Tirumala.

“A large number of devotees come from rural areas and they are not aware of the rules. Hence, a decision has been taken to procure baggage strap machines like in the airports. Unlocked baggage will also be accepted and delivered to the pilgrims,” he said.

Though the TTD had a scheme where senior citizens (aged above 65 years) and the differently abled could have quick darshan, many were not aware of the facility and stood in long queues.

“Such pilgrims should send a requisition by ordinary or registered post three days in advance addressed to the Joint Executive Officer of TTD. On arrival, they could get an attestation from his office on the representation and directly enter the temple through the main entrance for quick darshan,” he added.

Aged and disabled pilgrims can apply for “direct darshan” at the Tirupati temple, the Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanam Board has said.

In a press release, the Devasthanam’s trustee, N. Kanniah, noted that though the scheme has been in force for sometime now, not many disabled or aged pilgrims had availed themselves of it.