TTD approves Rs 2,858 cr annual budget

Tirumala: The Tirumala-Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) on Tuesday approved its Rs 2858.48 crore annual budget for the year 2017-18. The TTD is expected to receive Rs 1,110 crores from capital funds (kanukas) from devotees and a minimum of Rs 256 crores through the Rs 300 Special Entry Darshan tickets, Rs 807 crores as interest on investments, Rs 124 crores on accommodation and Rs 55 crores through Arjitha Seva tickets.

Similarly, the payment of wages and salaries was expected to be the major outgo, to the tune of Rs 575 crores. For the financial year, an estimated Rs 100 crores will be earned by sale of human hair. An amount of Rs.200 crores would be spent on engineering works; Rs 125 crores on HDPP; Rs 112.75 crores on education; Rs 125.50 crores on health and sanitation and FMS; Rs 89 crores on vigilance and security; Rs 74.50 crores on hospitals; Rs 185 crores on pension outlay and Rs 75 crores to strengthen corpus of the Pension Fund.

Allocations for developmental works

Meanwhile, the TTD Trust Board, under the chairmanship of Dr Ch Krishnamurthy, on Tuesday took some important decisions during the board meeting. 

Among the proposals approved are: New Sahasranama Kasula Mala to Lord Venkateswara at a cost of Rs 11cr; Nirmal Sethia Foundation of London to contribute Rs 12 cr for construction of Lord Venkateshwara temple at Kurukshetra in Haryana State; construction of a massive Sarva Darshanam complex for pilgrims at Tirumala at a cost of Rs 5 cr; Rs 3.53 cr for construction of PAC at Sri Sita-Ramachandra Swamy Devasthanam at Bhadrachalam in Khammam district; construction of Kalyana Mandapam at Chennur village under Gudur mandal in Nellore district at a cost of Rs 1.25 cr; renovation of Sri Chennakesava Swamy temple in the same village at an estimated cost of Rs 21.60 lakh;  Rs 21.15 lakh for renovation of Sri Anjaneya Swamy temple at Bandameedipalle in Rapthadu mandal of Anantapur district.; Rs 3.80 lakh for gold malam works of Makaratoranam, Golden Tiruchi in Lord Sri Prasanna Venkateswara Swamy at Appalayagunta. Also approved were amounts for procurement of various ingredients for laddus and other preparations for prasadams. –NSS

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