TIRUMALA: With the Lord Venkateswara temple high on terror radar, the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) has plans to have a three-tier security in place, and as part of it, decided to go in for a massive revamp by installing 1,050 surveillance cameras right from Alipiri.
The TTD Trust Board which met on Tuesday under chairmanship of P Sudhakar Yadav approved a budget of Rs 15.79 crore to procure 1,050 CCTV cameras in the second phase of the project. The TTD took the decision as per the suggestions made by different security agencies to ensure strict surveillance at the temple as well as at Alipiri. It plans to bring the entire seven-kilometre stretch from Alipiri to the Tirumala shrine under surveillance. The trust board also decided to construct a temple at Amaravati, amenities at Tirumala and other places and sanctioned Rs 183.97 crore for the purpose. Disclosing the board decisions to the media, TTD chairman Sudhakar Yadav said, “An accommodation block comprising 384 rooms, will be constructed at Alipiri at a cost of Rs 67.29 crore and tenders will be finalised soon.”