Tirumala, 8 April 2016: The new line which is newly constructed near ATC Car Parking area at a cost of Rs.1.95crores has come into operation on the auspicious day of Sri Durmukhi Ugadi on Friday in Tirumala after traditional inauguration with puja performed by TTD Trust Board Chairman Sri Ch Krishnamurthy and TTD EO Dr D Sambasiva Rao.

Addressing media persons in Tirumala chairman Sri Krishnamurthy said, TTD has been doing various pro pilgrim initiatives keeping in view the comfort and ease of the pilgrims. “As the summer rush has already started in Tirumala, our officials have made elaborate arrangements to provide relief to multitude of pilgrims from scorching temperatures. Our priority is providing all measures for the ease and security of pilgrims. The present launching of new line for Rs.300 is also for the same”, he maintained.

Later the EO Dr Sambasiva Rao said, following the complaints by pilgrims about lengthy line for Rs.300 entry, we have planned this new line, where the pilgrims can sit and wait till their turn for darshan comes. Because of this new line, a distance of about a kilo metre has been reduced. A food court and cafeteria have also been set up inside the hall for the benefit of the pilgrims. We will operate both Rs.300 and Rs.50 darshan from this point. Now the pilgrims can have darshan in couple of hours and when the crowd is less they can have darshan in less than two hours as per their time slots”, he added.

Meanwhile the pilgrims also expressed their happiness at the new system introduced by TTD. “Especially it is of great use during this summer period”, they expressed.
TTD Trust Board Members Sri J Sekhar, Sri Bhanuprakash Reddy, Sri AV Ramana, Chief Engineer Sri Chandrasekhar Reddy, Suptd Engineer Sri Ramachandra Reddy, GM Sri Sesha Reddy, VGO Sri Raveendra Reddy, Health Officer Dr Sharmista and other officers were also present.