The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD) management which is gearing itself for the summer crowd, has decided to utilise the voluntary services of barbers at its Kalyanakatta tonsuring centre where on an average one-third of the pilgrims get their heads shaved in fulfilment of their prayers everyday.

The management had, on an experimental basis, enrolled voluntary barbers under the ‘Kalyanakatta Sevakulu’ scheme from September 15 last year to January 20 this year.

With over 1,100 and odd barbers, including women, executing the task without any blemish, the administration has decided to throw open the opportunity for the second time in the larger interest of the pilgrim fraternity.

The second phase of the scheme will come into being from April 1 to July 31 for four months. The batch-wise duty chart of the registered ‘sevakulu’ is already enlisted on the TTD’s official website www.tirumala.org and also will be put on display at Srivari seva sadan in the APSRTC bus stand complex and the main Kalyanakatta at Tirumala besides at Srinivasam and Vishnunivasam complexes at Tirupati.