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Briefing the deliberations of the two-day meeting which concluded today, the chairman, P. Chalapathi Rao, said that the sanctioned amount would be utilised for making arrangements to the visiting public, during the 12-day Pushkaralu period.
The board also resolved to authorise various nationalised banks to collect donations for its newly introduced Sri Venkateswara Heritage preservation trust -- which shall be utilised for taking up renovation work of the temples, which are in a dilapilated condition, all over the State.
The T.T.D. shall also seek donations from the public for the construction of the Sri Venkateswara Geetha mandirams all over the State. The name of the donor shall be prominently displayed in the prectinicts of the temples. They shall also be entitled for free darshan of Lord Venkateswara, at Tirumala once a year. It is estimated that the construction of each Geetha mandir would cost Rs. 1.50 lakhs.
The board also has resolved to provide the idols of various Avatharas of Lord Maha Vishnu, (such as Lord Rama, Krishna, and Narasimha) to all the S.C., S.T. colonies free of cost all over the State.
Apart from this, the board sanctioned Rs. 390 lakhs for taking up the required repairs to all the 121 cottages existing in the G.N.C. area, and Rs. 27.75 lakhs for laying out stones on the approach road to Japali Ashramam, situated in the deep Tirumala forests.
The T.T.D. shall also take up the work of re-laying drinking water pipelines from the Kalyani dam stage I to Sri Vari Mettu area, at a cost of Rs. 45 lakhs.
For the benefit of the displaced families who would lose their properties under the L.A. act, at Tirumala, a massive shopping complex will be constructed at the Mahaveer talkies (as is popularly known) at a cost of Rs. 2.75 crores apart from the construction of 447 houses at Mangalam and Venkatapuram at Tirupati under the Valmiki and Ambedkar Aawas Yojana scheme.
The board also gave its final approval to take up construction of kalyanamandapams at more than eight places in the State, apart from resolving to construct another Vedapatasala at Tirupati for which the estimates are yet to be prepared.
The gold dollars being sold by the T.T.D. inside the Hill temple, shall, hereafter have the image of Lord Venkateswara on one side and Goddess Padmavathi on the other side. Besides, the gold dollars it was also decided to sell golden rings with the images of Lord and Goddess Padmavathi and plain mangalasutras across its counter.
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