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TTD moots token system for accommodation

TTD moots token system for accommodation
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The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams is likely to come out with a one more pilgrim-friendly move, which facilitates the pilgrims that there was no need to stand in serpentine queue lines for accommodation. 

Tirupati: The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams is likely to come out with a one more pilgrim-friendly move, which facilitates the pilgrims that there was no need to stand in serpentine queue lines for accommodation.

According to TTD EO Anilkumar Singal this pilgrim-friendly new allotment of accommodation through token system will come into reality soon.

The EO instructed the reception wing officials to change the old system of pilgrims standing in queue lines for accommodation. The EO is showing his mark on TTD administration after three months of his assuming charge. The EO also focussed his attention on the irregularities going on in present old accommodation system.

According to sources, this new reform in accommodation allotment will be introduced by TTD from July 12. TTD officials have started preparations with the help of its information technology wing (IT department). In this direction, the TTD authorities have taken initiatives to curb the irregularities and began exercise to switching over to the new accommodation system.

The TTD will set up 10 special counters for accommodation booking at hill shrine. At this counter, pilgrims can register their personal details for accommodation. After that they have no need to wait in queue line there. A SMS message will be sent to pilgrim mobile number when the accommodation allotted to him.

After receiving the message, the concerned devotee should pay rent money at counter within 30 minutes. If he failed to pay money at counter, the accommodation will be allotted to next waiting list pilgrim.

In Tirumala, the TTD has around 7,000 rooms for pilgrim accommodation. Among these rooms, TTD authorities are allotting 2,000 rooms through online advance booking and 500 rooms for special entry ticket devotees.

Around 2,800 rooms are allotted for current booking and 1,400 rooms with low tariff for common pilgrims. It is learnt, though some rooms are vacant in hill shrine due to various reasons, the common pilgrim could not get accommodation and only influenced persons are getting rooms.

Above 50 per cent of the devotees who are coming for Lord’s darshan to Tirumala are not getting rooms due to creation of artificial demand for accommodation. Under the new token system of allotment of accommodation, the TTD hopes to plug irregularities and provide better services to pilgrims.

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