With summer holidays, the rush at Tirumala, the abode of Lord Venkateswara is taking more than 7 hours for general darshan and more than five hours for special darshan or for devotees who are reaching by stairs, said Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD).
The weekend rush is far higher in the last two weekends as more than 90,000 pilgrims visited the abode on Saturday and more than half of them had their heads tonsured. TTD has pressed into service its 3,000-strong Srivari Sevak volunteers to cope with the weekend rush with the queueline is spilling over on to the road by a kilometre.
All the 12 gates of visitors waiting cells have been opened and the sevaks are providing food, water, buttermilk and refreshments to the waiting pilgrims in the queue lines.
Following mismanagement of funds and loss of revenue, new office Anil Kumar Singhal has been appointed as the new Executive Officer of the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD).
The TTD projects such as Annamacharya, Dharma Prachara, Dasas Sahitya, Alwar Divya prabandha, Purana Itihasa have reportedly failed to serve the purpose as the management is beset with daily darshan problems and VIP darshans.
Some of the complaints at Tirumala which require immediate redressal include:
Pilgrims should be made to aware of the access-card system as many stand in queue and later say that they were not aware of it causing huge last-minute problems.
The rush at “Vendi Vaikili” after the darshan of the Lord create commotion.
Unauthorised caretakers from various guest houses in the Padmavati guest house areas as the security threats to Tirumala are recently brought under special attention due to threats from militants.
The black-marketeering of the rooms and suites is rampant and no government was able to stop the practice.
Pilgrims vacate the cottages without informing the reception staff, which is leading to non-disclosure of vacancy status and thereby leading to more corruption.
No ban on the use of plastic bags has resulted in environmental danger to the abode of Lord Venkateshwara, though the use of plastic is banned in Tirupati town. An alternative to use a cover for laddus is still a big problem as nearly 40,000 plastic bags are sold for packing laddus daily.