TIRUMALA: The TTD board is set to have seven more members soon - i.e., 18 as against the present 11.
It may be recalled here that the AP State Assembly had recently decided to amend the TTD Rules for the purpose. In pursuance of this, the Assembly secretariat on Tuesday sent the relevant Bill to Governor ESL Narasimhan for his clearance. “We received the relevant file (containing the Bill) from the Andhra Pradesh Assembly for the official seal of the Governor,” said a Raj Bhavan source.
Once the Bill is cleared by the Governor, it will enable the government to increase the number of TTD trust board members. Of the 18 TTD board members, nine will be from Andhra Pradesh state, two ex-officio members and the remaining seven from other states. Of the latter, the majority are expected to be nominated from the Telangana state.
Hitherto, out of the 11 members, only two members were selected from other states -- neighbouring Tamil Nadu and Karnataka - while the remaining nine were from the then undivided Andhra Pradesh state.
With just two weeks time to go for the commencement of annual Srivari Brahmotsavams, the temple management of TTD took up trial run of Pournami Garuda Seva on Tuesday evening in Tirumala. The procession of Lord Sri Malayappa Swamy adorned with dazzling jewels and in silk vastrams, has seated on Garuda Vahanam.