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Karnataka State Charities to take up works

Staff Reporter

TIRUMALA: The Karnataka State Charities is all set to take up massive construction works at the hill temple of Lord Venkateswara, which according to initial estimates, is expected to run into several hundreds of crores.

In the first stage it is proposed to construct a massive guest house consisting of about 600 suites with a whopping outlay of Rs.90 crore. The construction works will be taken up in the sprawling seven acres of land situated behind the main temple complex. The land has been leased out to the Karnataka State Charities on a fresh lease agreement through a G.O. in 2008 by the Andhra Pradesh State government for a period of fifty years on a nominal rent of Rs.1,116 annually.

Even though it remains an undisputed fact that the Karnataka State Charities has been in the possession of the land for the past several decades (even before signing the fresh lease agreement) there are conflicting views with regard to the granting of the permission for the construction. Senior officials of the TTD point out that the original allotment of land was made to the Karnataka State Charities only on the condition that it would ‘grow' flowers for the temple to meet its day-to-day requirements.

It remains a different fact that with the lapse in the time the State Charities has constructed several guest houses and cottages for the benefit of the devotees visiting the hill shrine from Karnataka.

But now where is the need for the TTD in granting permission for the construction of new structures, they questioned.

Further substantiating their stance they point out to the fact that the Tirumala town is also listed in the ‘fault' zone (Eparchian unconformity). In a report submitted by a team of eminent geologists at the Conference on Advances in Space Science and Technology ( CASST 2007 ) based on the Remote Sensing Data the temple town was listed under the fault zone.

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