The Tirumala Tirupathi Devastanams (TTD) trust board favour total prohibition in the Tirupathi town. The board at its meeting felt the need to keep the holy town free of liquor. Majority of the members have felt the need to ban liquor sales even in the bars and restaurants. The board members also recommended to the State government to ban liquor sales and consumption in the town even in the star hotels.
As the State government is already heading for total prohibition in a phased manner, the TTD members wanted the government to start the prohibition from this holy town. They requested the government to ban liquor in the 10 km radius of the temple town to protect its holiness. They wanted the government to promote temple tourism in the town and encourage pilgrims visiting the town in large numbers.
In another decision, the TTD board members have decided to go for land acquisition to build a spiritual city in the town. This would provide accommodation to the pilgrims in the town as the accommodation now available atop the seven hills is not sufficient and there is no space to expand it on the hills. The government would construct township in the town for the accommodation of the pilgrims. They would be provided with bus transportation from the township to the temple on a regular basis. This would end the shortage of accommodation for the pilgrims, the board felt.
The trust board also decided to make Tirupathi plastic-free town from January. The board had decided to stop supply, sales and use of plastic in the entire town. The plastic bags and bottles would be prohibited in the town from Pongal, the trust board said. The board had decided to take over the Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences (SVIMS) for maintenance.
The retendering process started by the State government had also touched the TTD. The board had decided to go for retendering in its new flyover – Garuda Varadhi – proposed in the town. The board had directed the officials to hold a review on the flyover construction with the contractor and call for reverse tendering