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Rosaiah unhappy over Tirumala arrangements

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Beyond control: Pilgrims jostling to gain entry into the Venkateswara temple at Tirumala on Monday on the occasion of ‘Vaikunta Ekadasi’. —
Beyond control: Pilgrims jostling to gain entry into the Venkateswara temple at Tirumala on Monday on the occasion of ‘Vaikunta Ekadasi’. —

Asks TTD to give top priority in darshan and sevas to common pilgrims

HYDERABAD: Chief Minister K. Rosaiah expressed unhappiness over the inconvenience caused to pilgrims who queued up at Tirumala for the darshan of Lord Venkateswara on Monday.

He also expressed displeasure at the seemingly inadequate arrangements made by the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) to facilitate darshan and participate in specific sevas to the Lord.

Directive to TTD

He noted that a large number of pilgrims who thronged Tirumala on ‘Vaikunta Ekadasi’ day were put to severe hardship due to inadequate arrangements. The long queues did not move forward, he said and asked the TTD authorities and the Endowments Department to ensure that such a situation did not recur. He asked the TTD to give top priority in darshan and sevas to the common pilgrims.

Dharna staged

Meanwhile, P. Sundar Kumar, Commissioner, Endowments, said the pilgrims who purchased tickets (Rs. 300 each) for ‘seeghra darshan’, staged a dharna as the queue they were standing in did not move fast. They had to wait for five hours although it takes normally two hours. Over 3,000 such tickets were issued for the day.

He said lakhs of pilgrims turned up on the hills for darshan in contrast to 40,000-50,000 a day till recently, leading to problems in the “sarva darshan” queue which extended up to the bus stand.


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