If the plan of the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) materialises, packaged drinking water will be a thing of past on the hill shrine. The TTD which runs 92 RO plants to supply pure drinking water to pilgrims 24×7, wants to ban the sale of packaged water as part of its measures to curb plastic pollution on the sacred hills. It is planning to encourage pilgrims to consume ‘Jala Prasadam’ from RO plants before enforcing the ban on packaged water.
Tirumala witnesses a footfall of more than one lakh pilgrims a day. According to an estimate, 50 per cent of pilgrims consume mineral water available in bottles to quench their thirst. On earlier occasions too, the TTD had taken steps to ban the use of bottled water.