TTD board approves Rs 2,401-cr budget

The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) Trust board, which runs the affairs of the world’s richest Hindu temple, on Saturday approved a Rs 2401.7-crore budget for the fiscal 2014-15.

TTD board chief Kanumuri Bapiraju, while briefing the media on various sources of income, said the temple’s “hundi” (offerings), was expected to fetch about Rs 900 crore.

Interest on deposits in national banks by the TTD was estimated at Rs 655 crore, while sale of human hair is expected to bring Rs 190 crore. Prasadam sales were to bring the TTD a profit of up to Rs 190 crore, while rentals would bring an income of Rs 108 crore.  The TTD allotted Rs 150 crore to the engineering department, Rs 109 crore towards Hindu Dharma Prachara activities and about Rs 88 crore towards education.

A sum of Rs 91.92 crore was allotted to health and sanitation, Rs 51.84 crore to the TTD Vigilance and Security wing and Rs 55.65 crore towards the development of TTD-run hospitals. The TTD board has also approved a budget of Rs.8.75 crore towards covering six vehicles with gold, which will be used during Brahmotsavam in the temple of Goddess Padmavathi Ammavaru.

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