TIRUMALA: Bhuman Karunakar Reddy was sworn in Chairman of the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) Board of Trustees on Wednesday.
At a brief function held inside the sanctum sanctorum, Mr. Reddy was administered the oath of office and secrecy by TTD Executive Officer A.P.V. Narayana Sarma along with nine other member-trustees. The only member-trustee who could not take oath was Sullerpeta MLA N. Subramanyam, who was also a member of the previous board.
An interesting feature of the swearing-in function was that Indra Reddy, wife of Union Minister of State T. Subbirami Reddy, was separately sworn in as member-trustee earlier in the morning. Asked for the reason, TTD officials said she was in a hurry.
Later addressing mediapersons, Mr. Karunakar Reddy said he would like to work as `full-time Chairman' of the TTD and serving the common and ordinary pilgrims visiting Tirumala was the top priority of the new board.
As tens of thousands of pilgrims throng the temple town everyday the modalities would be worked out for providing them `good darshan'. In reply to a question he said that the present board was against providing any special treatment to VVIPs visiting the place except for those who came under the protocol category. Further, he stoutly denied chances of
allotting spacious sites to private parties for the construction of guest houses at Tirumala as was encouraged earlier.
Regarding the controversial ropeway to Tirumala, he said he would talk to the Government.