- District News
The first-ever meeting of the newly-formed Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) board did not take any key decisions on Tuesday.
Except for coming up with a plan to construct a 280-room Vakulamatha guest house adjacent to the recent Nandakam rest house for the benefit of pilgrims and a promise to provide a hassle-free darshan to the pilgrims, the 14-member board had failed to outline its direction to run the cash-rich temple. The main apprehension among the pilgrims is over the rush for VIP tickets, which could increase manifold thanks to the jumbo board which is in place now. “Most of the board members will use their clout to get VIP tickets to their near and dear ones,” alleged Bhanu Prakash of BJP. Though the classification of VIP tickets was abolished, sources said it’s only a matter of time before listing of VIP pilgrims as per priority makes a comeback. Sources said in spite of the controversy, the TTD would stick to its time-tested pandering of VIPs at the expense of common pilgrims. Chairman of Board Kanumuri Bapiraju said with a full-fledged board they were confident of taking up more pro-pilgrim activities.Tags: guest house in tirumala, hassle-free darshan, Kanumuri Bapiraju, Tirumala tirupathi devasthanam, TTD decides to construct one more guest house, Vakulamatha guest house in tirumala