Andhra Pradesh

TTD mulls steps for ghat road safety

The recent rain, which lashed Chittoor district and elsewhere for the past few weeks, have turned ‘landslides’ into a recurrent phenomenon on the ghat roads leading to the hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara. In a bid to ensure the safety of pilgrims, the temple management of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) is mulling long-term measures to prevent such occurrences in future.

In view of the recent incidents, TTD Chief Engineer Chandrasekhar Reddy said a “strong” ghat road to Tirumala to ensure safe travel.

“The plan is in the offing, and we have received all necessary inputs from experts. Once we get the approval from the authorities, we will finish the works [linked to improvising the ghat roads] within six months,” he said.

In this regard, ‘rock bolting’ will be introduced as a part of the conventional breast wall technique, which can withstand heavy rain and water-logging. The TTD authorities are also contemplating widening the road from Mokalumettu to Garudadri Nagar Cotteges.

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