Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams draws up plans for incident-free mega fete

TTD to permit not more than 1.9 lakh devotees on Mada Streets during celestial processions; only 7,000 vehicles to get the pass.

Published: 21st September 2017 01:53 AM  |   Last Updated: 21st September 2017 08:38 AM   |  A+A-

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By Express News Service

TIRUPATI: The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) conducted several meetings with the officials to ensure an incident-free Brahmotsavams that are scheduled to commence from September 23 and conclude on October 1. The TTD has planned to permit not more than 1.9 lakh devotees on the Mada Streets during celestial processions that lasts for 10 days. Only 7,000 vehicles will be permitted to pass through the Alipiri tollgate in a day.Speaking to Express, Tirumala JEO K S Srinivasa Raju said all officials including Tirupati JEO, CVSO, Urban SP, sub-collector, municipal commissioner, Engineering, Vigilance & Security, Annadanam, Health and Srivari Seva organisers and volunteers will monitor the arrangements from time to time to ensure hassle-free darshan for devotees. 

20,000 Divya Darshan tokens daily
The JEO said that based on Resolution 564 adopted in November 22, 2008, the temple management has taken a decision to issue only 20,000 Divya Darshan tokens. “The trekking pilgrims can have immediate darshan, while 6,000 devotees from Srivari Mettu and 14,000 from Alipiri stairway, can have tokens,” he said. Replying to a question, the JEO said that they were working hard to implement the resolution and facilitate darshan as per the time mentioned in the Divya Darshan token.

New bridge
The TTD official said that a new bridge was constructed at Tirumala from Sapthagiri choultries to facilitate devotees to enter the four Mada streets or the open place in front of the main temple. “During Brahmotsavams, the bridge can be used by pass holders to enter the four Mada streets during processions or the galleries easily. The devotees can also disperse via the same bridge,” he said. The JEO said that this bridge had also been constructed from Filter House to reach Ram Bhageecha Guest House parking place.

Systematic entry & exit system
The JEO said that TTD was going to adopt a new entry and exit system from the ensuing Brahmotsavams. “The pilgrims entry into Tirumala will be restricted according to the number of on duty officials and police,” he said. According to Tirumala JEO, this year during Brahmotsavams and particularly on Garuda Seva day, only 7,000 vehicles will be allowed. “Rest of the vehicles will be stopped at Alipiri. Parking slots have been provided at Zoo Park Road, school premises and Devalok Project area,” he said. The official said a makeshift RTC bus stand and public transport to Tirumala has been arranged at a place located three km from Alipiri.

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