JK to allocate 100-acre land to TTD temple: Report
Srinagar, Feb 11: The J&K administration has agreed in
principle to allot 100-acre land along the Jammu-Katra highway to the Tirumala
Tirupathi Devasthanams (TTD) for constructing a replica of the Tirumala temple
there, media reports said on Tuesday.
TTD hopes to complete the
construction of the temple along with a Vedic School and Hospital in two years’
time, MP V.Vijaya Sai Reddy who led the delegation of TTD Board said on Monday,
reported The Hindu.
Reddy, as per the report, said two
sites were identified as suitable for constructing the temple.
Acting on the instructions of
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy, the team comprising TTD
Executive Officer Anil Kumar Singhal, Joint Executive Officer Basant Kumar and
Board Member J. Sekar held discussions with the Union Territory’s officials and
short-listed two sites at Dhummi and Majin in the Jammu district, it said.
“We also met the Chief Secretary
of Jammu & Kashmir and explained the details of our project. It has been a
long-pending demand of pilgrims from many North Indian States visiting Tirumala
that a replica of the temple be constructed in Jammu,” The Hindu quoted Reddy
Reddy said that funds for
constructing the temple, a Vedic school, a marriage hall and a hospital would
be raised from devotees and the TTD would also contribute, to the extent
possible. Asked about security concerns in the newly formed UT, the Rajya Sabha
Member said that Jammu was peaceful and there was no threat whatsoever.
“Jammu is a peaceful place. Life
is absolutely normal and no untoward incidents are reported in the area. We
have taken all aspects, including security, access to the site, availability of
water and transport facilities into consideration before finalising the two
sites. More importantly, the sites are located on the highway leading to the
Vaishno Devi Temple,” he added.