Drone Cameras for Brahmotsavam 2015 in Tirumala Tirupati…
The TTD has decided to use drone-mounted cameras along with the regulare CC cameras as part of the security arrangements at Tirumala during the forthcoming Brahmotsavam, according to its executive officer D Sambasiva Rao.
Stating this while participating in a ‘Meet the Press’ programme, organised by the Press Club here Friday, he said that all the Arjitha Sevas would be cancelled during the Brahmotsavam period. He said that the TTD had embarked on a massive exercise for realizing its three main objectives — provision of hassle-free darshan and accommodation to the pilgrims at Tirumala, giving impetus to the Dharmika Pracharam and taking up social service initiatives in a big way.
The EO said that far-reaching steps had been taken by the TTD like the introduction of a three-line system in the sanctum sanctorum of the temple for providing easy darshan to more number of devotees and bringing down the waiting time for darshan.
He said that they were able to provide darshan to 10,000 more and also reduce the waiting time by 10 hours to common pilgrims after streamlining the queue line system for darshan. Meanwhile, the occupancy rate with regard to accommodation facility had increased to 109 per cent compared to that a few months back, thanks to the new initiatives, he said and added that efforts were on to further increase the occupancy rate to 125 per cent.
Rao further said that utmost importance had been accorded and care had been taken to ensure strict adherence to the rules governing the ‘Nitya Kainkaryalu’ — i.e. daily rituals being performed in all the temples at Tirumala and other places and also in the sub-temples attached to the main temples.
On the arrangements for the smooth conduct of the annual Brahmotsavam, the EO said that a buffer stock of six lakh ‘laddus’ was kept ready for the festival in addition to the daily production of three lakh ‘laddus’ and added that there would be no dearth of ‘laddus’ for the devotees this time.
With regard to the facilities extended to media for the coverage of the mega festival, the TTD chief said that that the SVBC was strengthening the equipment and ready to deploy adequate number of men and material to provide quality live coverage and feeds to other satellite channels. Moreover, expert staff were being engaged for high quality live-telecast of Brahmotsavam programmes, including the ‘Vahana Sevalu’, he added.
He said that keeping in view the heavy turnout of devotees on the Garuda Seva day, the TTD had decided to keep open the ‘Srivari Mettu’ footpath round -the- clock on the day.
Courtesy – The New Indian Express.