TIRUPATI: An electronic dip application for allotting Arjitha Seva tickets, designed by TTD, is robust and transparent, affirmed TTD executive officer Anil Kumar Singhal, while answe-ring a pilgrim caller during the monthly Dial Your EO Programme, which was held at Annamaiah Bhavan in Tirumala on Friday. The EO attended to the calls of 28 pilgrims on various issues.
Answering pilgrim calle-rs from various places, including Bellary, Mumb-ai, Puttaparthi and Dharmavaram, the TTD EO clarified that there are two systems through which Arjitha Seva tickets are being allotted to pilgrims, one through lucky dip system at Tirumala and ano-ther through electronic dip system, online.
“The electronic dip app-lication is designed in su-ch a way that it is robust and transparent. Once a devotee books some seva ticket, it will not allow him or her to book for the next six months. Due to the availability of limited number of tickets, it is not possible to allot seva tickets through Information Centres spread across the country,” he added.
Callers from Kallakurchi and Dharmavaram sought the EO to arrange a facility for allotting rooms to the pedestrian pilgrims in Tirupati itself as it will be difficult for them to again wait for long hours for the sake of accommodation in Tirumala after walking up the hill on foot. Answering the callers, the EO said that he will look into this.
Two other pilgrim call-ers from Bengaluru and Kumbakonam brought to the notice of EO, the jos-tling at Vaikuntam comp-artments during the rel-ease of compartments to which he said, the officers concerned will be directed to release the compartme-nts in an orderly manner to avoid congestion.
A caller from Bangaru-peta in Karnataka sought the EO to enhance vigilance in Srinivasa Rest House at Tirupati, as several thefts have been taking place. To this, the EO said that CCTVs have been installed at Four Mada Streets in Tirumala and at the temple in the first phase and the installation of rest of the cameras will be taken up soon in the next phase. “We will also increase our vigilance in the rest houses at Tirupati,” he said.
A Muslim devotee Shari-fun from Ongole asked the EO to provide accommodation to the devotees who come from other faiths with lot of devotion to-wards Lord Venkateswara. The EO replied, “For darshan, we take a declarati-on from the pilgrims of other faiths and provide it. We will think about providing accommodation as this is the first case we have ever received.”
A Vijayawada-based dev-otee brought to the notice of the EO about the abnormal prices being charged by the private hotels in Tirumala though the displayed rates in the board are different. The EO assured that stern action will be initiated against such hotels through continuous raids and by imposing penalty.
TTD releases 69,254 odd tickets in online quota for November
The TTD released 69,254 odd Arjitha Seva tickets online for the month of November 2019 here on Friday at 10 am.
Among the total, 10,904 tickets were earmarked under online dip system. This includes Suprabath-am 7,549, Thomala 120, Archana 120, Astadala Pada Padmaradhana 240, Nija Paada Darshanam 2,875.
Apart from this, around 58,350 tickets were relea-sed under online general category. This includes sevas such as Visesha pu-ja 1,500, Kalyanotsavam 13,300, Unjal seva 4,200, Arjitha Brahmotsavam 7,700, Vasanthotsavam 14,850 and Sahasra Dee-palankara seva 16,800....