TIRUMALA, JAN 4: The monthly “Dial Your EO” programme took place at Annamaiah Bhavan in Tirumala on Friday where in the TTD EO Sri LV Subramanyam has directly attended to the phone calls made by the pilgrims from across the country and reacted to their complaints and suggestions. Some excerpts of the programme.

Answering a pilgrim caller Sri Subba Rao from Madhya Pradesh the EO thanked for the former’s gesture over complimenting the arrangements made by TTD on the auspicious occasions of Vaikuntha Ekadasi and Dwadasi. Reacting to the caller Ramkishore from Jaggayyapeta the EO said, it is not possible to increase the quota of arjitha seva tickets like thomala and archana in Advance booking system. But however, the EO suggested the pilgrim to try in the Lucky Dip system.

Answering another caller Sri Syam from Rajastan, the TTD EO said, TTD will arrange Hindi translators in the information counters for the sake of the visiting pilgrims especially hailing from Northern India. Answering a caller Satish from Surat who asked the EO to construct either a replica temple of Lord Venkateswara or a dhyan mandir as there are over 5lakh Telugus settled in Surat, the EO asked the pilgrim to come up with a proposal forming a committee with their members for future initiative.

Tirupati JEO Sri P Venkatrami Reddy, CVSO Sri GVG Ashok Kumar and other officials were also present.

As a step to beef up the security apparatus to the Tirumala temple, TTD is mulling to set up about 2000 CCTVs to vigil the entire hill shrine before the coming brahmotsavams said TTD EO Sri LV Subramanyam.

Addressing the media persons after the Dial Your EO Programme he said, these cameras will be installed at different places in Tirumala starting from Alipiri check post. Apart from this, these cameras will also be installed in vital places including Potu, Printing Press, Treasury, Annadanam etc.

Answering to a query the EO said, for the first time in TTDs history, the local temples have garnered pilgrim crowd on par with Tirumala shirne on Vaikuntha Ekadasi and New Year Day.

In a historical moment, the Chennai Information Centre Lord Balaji temple had over 1.2lakh pilgrims on January 1 while 60thousand pilgrims had darshan on Vaikuntha Ekadasi day.
He said even the other major temples of Tirupati including Srinivasa Mangapuram, Appalayagunta and Alipiri Padalamandapam, Bangalore Information Centre Balaji Temple also witnessed over 60thousand pilgrims influx.

While the sub-temples of TTD viz. Sri Kodanda Ramalayam, Kapilateertham, Govinda Raja Swamy temple had a pilgrim turn out of over 20-25thousands each on both the days.

“Another interesting thing is the ancient Konetiraya Swamy temple at Keelapatla and Annapurna Sametha Kasivishweswara swamy temple at Bugga which were taken over by TTD have registered unprecedented pilgrim rush on both the occasions with the figures touching over 20thousand mark which was a record in those temples history”, he maintained.