Declare Tirumala as no flying zone: RPS
Rayalaseema Porata Samithi (RPS) demanded TTD to take steps for declaring Tirumala as no flying zone to preserve the sanctity of the hill top temple town and respect the sentiments of the Hindus at large.
Tirupati: Rayalaseema Porata Samithi (RPS) demanded TTD to take steps for declaring Tirumala as no flying zone to preserve the sanctity of the hill top temple town and respect the sentiments of the Hindus at large.
RPS activists led by district convener P Naveenkumar Reddy on Friday staged a protest near Padalamandapam, at Alipiri seeking the TTD management take steps through the State government to press the Centre declare to Tirumala as no-flying zone.
They gave slogans like, “We need no international Airport but glory of Lord Venkateswara." They denounced TTD, TDP government for its failure to protect the sanctity of Tirumala.
Speaking on the occasion, Naveenkumar said that Union Minister for Urban Development Venkaiah Naidu, who sought to declare Tirumala as no flying zone, while in opposition and Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, who never missed any occasion to recall his miraculous escape in the Alipiri bomb incident and to say that he was indebted to Lord Venkateswara are silent on the issue.
He also demanded the TTD management and State government to take concrete steps to declare Tirumala as no fly zone. Meanwhile, priests vociferously supported the demand to declare Tirumala as no flying zone. They expressed their concern against allowing aircrafts to fly over Tirumala zone as it is against the Agamas and also sentiments of the ardent devotees.
Sources said that, even though Tirumala was not declared as a non flying zone, aircrafts operating from Renigunta Airport were avoiding flying over the Tirumala temple zone. The TTD officials also impressed upon the local airport authorities to ensure that no aircraft flying over the temple area. However, in the wake of Renigunta Airport emerging as international airport paving the path for operation of long distance international flights,
triggering the apprehension among the devotees on upholding the practice of avoiding Tirumala by the operators.It is learnt that, the airport authorities hinted that it is not feasible to adhere to the unwritten rule of avoiding Tirumala in the wake of the airport becoming a centre of international flight operations and this is adding to the fear of the devotees.