SPECIAL STORY- NO LEAN DAYS AT TIRUMALA- EO MG GOPAL
TIRUMALA TIRUPATI DEVASTHANAMS
NO LEAN DAYS AT TIRUMALA- EO MG GOPAL
- 15,000 daily committed visitors
- Tirumala infrastructure on par with Mecca and Vatican
Tirumala 4 October 2014: Tirumala is all set to develop and provide infrastructure and facilities to devotees who throng round year on par with Mecca and Vatican
There are no lean days at Tirumala and the lowest foot fall during last year was 46,000, says the TTD Executive Officer M G Gopal adding that with e-darshan bookings for Special Entry Darshan and Sudarshan etc 15,000 devotees are committed to come to Tirumala on a daily basis and all efforts are afoot to provide accommodation, parking, laddu prasadam and darshan for all of them, he says.
He said all the passenger amenities complex’s in Tirumala were nothing short of 4.95 star facilities for devotees. ‘A devotee who has booked his e- darshan ticket could come in a car, park, put his luggage in a PAC and leave within three hours later’ he said, speaking volumes about the infrastructure and facilities developed at Tirumala. The nine day festival came to a cresendo end today with the Chakrasnanam of the procession deities of Lord Venkateswara.
He told reporters on the conclusion of the nine day Brahmotsavam that the hall mark of this years celebrations was the successful VIP management. ‘We successfully managed the VIP rush even during the festival and accorded them due privileges without hampering the darshan hours for the common devotees’ he said.
‘The huge electorical illuminations, 6 lakh meals on Garuda seva day when four lakh devotees thronged Tirumala, Hundi collection of Rs.20 crore, sale of 21 lakh laddus and darshans to 5.4 lakh devotees were the highlights of the festival’.
The Executive Officer ruled out the feasibility of any rope way to Tirumala from Tirupati and said the TTD had no transportation issues with the RTC successfully ferrying devotees round the clock to the hill shrine. ‘Besides drilling of hill rocks for rope way will affect the econological balance of the Sheshachala hill ranges which is attested as a bio-diversity park.
ISSUED BY TTD PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER, TIRUPATIV