Tirupati: Following public uproar the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam’s decision to monetize 50 temple properties to raise Rs 100 Crore fund, has been placed on hold.
The decision of TTD to sell temple properties received wrath of the general public, besides kicking starting a political controversy.
In a fresh government order, issued on May 25th said, ” It has been brought to the notice of the government, that the board of trustees of TTD which was constituted by the previous government, approved the disposal of 50 properties of TTD through its resolution dated January 31st 2016.
The statement further said, “Keeping in view of the sentiments of devotees, the government of Andhra Pradesh hereby directs TTD to re-examine the issue in consultation with different stake holders like religious elders, opinion makers and section of devotees to ascertain whether these properties can be used TTD for construction of temples, dharma pracharam and other religious activities”.
It is to remember that, the India’s richest temple body ( Lord Balaji) has decided to raise Rs 100 crore by monetizing unviable properties
across the country and by raising funds under the cottage donation scheme during the financial year 2020-21.
The estate officer V Devendra Reddy mentioned that TTD has constituted teams with officials of various wings to dispose off more than 25 properties worth over Rs1.5 crore including house sites, agriculture lands, buildings and others located in parts of Tamil Nadu. The upset value fixed for properties by the TTD is Rs1.54 crore. This decision of the TTD received backslash from the general public besides hurting their sentiments.
As a result of which, the government of Andhra Pradesh finalized, that the decision, to sell 50 properties is put in abeyance. The YSRCP government in AP has directed the executive office of TTD to take necessary action in this regard and submit compliance report immediately.
Meanwhile TTD board chairman,Y V Subba Reddy, claimed that, the decision to auction 50 unviable properties was taken by the erstwhile trust board during the Telugu Desam Party’s regime in January 2016. The current board took a step based on a recommendation made by a sub-committee appointed for the purpose.
“In the TTD trust board meeting held in February 2020, we have decided to examine the earlier resolution and proposed the auction of TTD’s properties, The seer of Visakha Sarada Peetham Swamy Swaroopanandendra Swamy told the chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, chairman of TTD YV Subba Reddy, and executive officer AK Singhal to take appropriate steps while dealing with the TTD’s lands which drew wide attention from the public” the Chairman said.