Hyderabad: Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanams Board appointed Dr AV Ramana Dikshitulu as the ‘Pradhana Archaka’ of Srivari Temple on an honorary basis. TTD Board made the decision following a meeting at Tirumala on Saturday.

Apart from this, TTD has made another appointment as well. They have selected Dr Madan Mohan Reddy as Director for BIRRD Ortho Hospital run by TTD in Tirupathi on an honorary basis. Dr Mohan Reddy is a renowned Orthopaedic Surgeon working in Apollo, Chennai.

In terms of budgets and revenues, the estimated budget for the financial year 2019-20 is Rs 3,116.25 crore and the revised estimates for the year stood at Rs 3,243.19 crore. They expected the revenue through Srivari Hundi at Rs 1,231 crore and revised views were Rs 1,285 crore. Meanwhile, the revenue garnered out from prasadam receipts recorded at Rs 330crore as against the estimated Rs 270 crore.

The Board also decided on many other proposals during the meeting. It has approved an administrative sanction of Rs 30 crore towards the construction of Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple and Information Centre at Bandra, Mumbai.

TTD Chairman YV Subba Reddy has informed the Board that the Jammu government came forward to provide land towards the construction of Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple in J&K. Similarly, Uttar Pradesh government has also requested TTD to construct Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple on the provision of an appropriate place.

Apart from that, the Board will file Rs 100-crore criminal defamation suit against a vernacular paper for publishing false news, affecting the sentiments of millions of devotees. Moreover, following a string of issues, the Board has agreed for the deployment of a DSP-level officer to monitor the Cyber Security Wing in TTD.

The Board also sanctioned Rs14.50 crore towards the renovation of TTD Administrative Building in Tirupathi. It also agreed to carry out ‘gold Malam’ works for the ‘vimanam’ of Sri Varaha Swamy Temple at an estimated cost of Rs 14 crore. They will draw the necessary gold from TTD treasury.

The Board has also approved an administrative sanction of Rs 10 crore for providing RCC Crash Barriers and CC wall along the Second Ghat Road. They have also invited expert opinion from IIT Chennai and JNTU experts on laying CC pavements for both Ghat roads.

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