TIRUPATI: The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams administration is racing against time to complete ongoing room renovations, which has led to a severe shortage of rental accommodation for visiting worshipers over the past few months.
Speaking to reporters after the TTD board meeting held in Tirumala on Monday, EO AV Dharma Reddy clarified that the works related to the renovation of guesthouses and cottages in Tirumala will be completed in ‘here August before the start of the annual Brahmotsavams on the hill town in September this year.
TTD Chairman YV Subba Reddy who chaired the board meeting held on Monday at Annamayya Bhavan in Tirumala then briefed the reporters on the major resolutions passed by the TTD board.
The temple body has approved tenders worth Rs 150 crore for the establishment of a world-class children’s super specialty hospital in Tirupati. It is worth recalling that Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy had recently laid the foundation stone for the construction of TTD’s Sri Padmavathi Children’s Super Specialty Hospital in Tirupati.
The TTD Board has also terminated the nagging issue of the construction of Andhra Pradesh Police Department Octopus Unit Guest House in Tirumala. The temple trust has decided to allocate funds of Rs 7 crore to the police department to complete the construction of the Octopus guest house in Tirumala, which the police department was unable to complete despite the expiry of the deadline planned for the construction of the building, for which TTD had leased its own land in Tirumala.
The TTD Board has decided to revive the conduct of Srivari Vaibhavotsavams and the first event is scheduled to be held in Nellore from August 16th.
The trust board has decided to allocate Rs 2.9 crore for the beautification of the Amaravati Temple, which was recently inaugurated.
TTD trust has also decided to give Sri Venkateswara High School in Tirumala a complete facelift similar to the Nadu-Nedu theme of the Andhra Pradesh government, with the help of a Maharashtra-based donor.
The temple trust has also decided to renovate the Paruveta mandapam near the Papavinasanam-Tirumala road by spending Rs 2.8 crore.
The TTD trust has approved donations received in the form of properties from devotees based in Chennai and Bengaluru, worth a total of Rs 9.22 crore.
Meanwhile, in a significant move, the world’s wealthiest Hindu temple trust will enlist the services of experts based in Australia and Switzerland to complete the process of mechanizing the production of the world famous Tirupati Laddu.
It may be recalled that the temple trust aggressively promoted the use of organic products in Naivedyams offered to Lord Venkateswara despite complaints from devotees of a significant decline in the quality and taste of Tirumala temple prasadams.
Meanwhile, TTD Chairman YV Subba Reddy said the temple body would make elaborate arrangements for the grand conduct of the annual Brahmotsavams this year and recalled that the temple body had to limit the annual Brahmotsavams to the temple of Tirumala over the past two years due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.
TTD Board Members Dr. S Shankar, Dr. Chevireddy Bhaskar Reddy, Pokala Ashok Kumar, FACAO O Balaji and others were present.