Special Correspondent

TIRUPATI: Chairman of the Tirumala-Tirupati Devasthanams Trust Board D.K. Adikesavulu said that the TTD would try to impose restrictions on ‘VIP darshan’ in the temple of Lord Venkateswara so that more time could be provided for the thousands of ordinary pilgrims waiting in long queues for the darshan of the Lord.

“It may not be possible overnight but we will try to cut it down gradually so as to spare more time for Dharma Darshan,” he said and pointed out as to how the TTD management exercised control over the release of the cellar, brake darshan and special entrance tickets during the recently concluded Brahmotsavams at Tirumala.

Mr Adikesavulu was addressing a meeting after distributing house site pattas to 864 TTD employees. The houses for the pattas distributed on Tuesday would come up on the TTD sites located at the Dairy Farm and the ‘Karunadhamam’ hospital on the Akkarampalle road near here. He said another 3,000 employees would be provided house sites in the next batch at Brahmanapattu village and in the apartments to be built in this connection. TTD Executive Officer K.V. Ramanachary presided over the function. Tirupati MP Chintha Mohan said that he did not see anything wrong in the TTD or any religious institution spending its funds on health and education of poor and needy persons. TUDA Chairman and an Ex-Officio member on the TTD Board, C. Bhaskar Reddy, said that the TUDA would pass with ‘zero’ delay the lay-out and the building plans of the TTD staff quarters.

The TTD Chairman also laid the foundation for a Rs.75-lakh rest house to come up for the benefit of the artistes.