TTD To Open Corona Awareness Centers - Addl Eo

Tirumala, 12 Mar. 20: To bring better awareness among visiting pilgrims to Tirumala and also to educate them on safety measures to prevent the spread of the Corona Virus (Covid 19), TTD is opening up three Awareness and Counselling camps at Alipiri and Srivari Mettu Footpath routes and also at Alipiri Toll Gate on March 13, said TTD Additional EO Sri AV Dharma Reddy.

After a hi-level review meeting with all the HoDs of Tirumala on Corona Virus at Gokulam Conference Hall on Thursday, the Additional EO directed all the HoDs to take up awareness and orientation programmes in their respective offices for their staff members. About the usage of masks, sensitizers etc. to prevent the spread of Corona Virus, as the majority of the employees work in the places where the movement of the pilgrims is heavy.

He also instructed the SVBC to relay the promo on Corona Awareness and measures to prevent its spread, frequently in the channel for the wide publicity. He directed the TTD Health Officer Dr RR Reddy and CMO Dr Nageswara Rao to lead the Awareness camps and ensure that the message reaches every pilgrim who is reaching Tirumala. 

He appealed to the devotees not to visit Tirumala, if they are suffering from cold, cough and mild fever until their illness subsides. "If any pilgrim is found suffering from the above symptoms, he or she will be screened with Thermo Screeners at Alipiri and Srivari Mettu itself and will be extended medical advice and Medicare if needed", he added.

The Additional EO also said, TTD has taken a decision to facilitate Rs.300/- Special Entry Darshan, Arjitha Seva advance booking ticket holders as well the pilgrims who have booked accommodation in advance, shall postpone their date of darshan or cancel the tickets till May 2020 in view of Corona Virus threat. The amount will be refunded to such pilgrims. The devotees who have any doubts regarding the cancellation of tickets shall mail to dyeotemple@gmail.com for immediate response and the same information shall be passed on to the Call Centre staff for guiding the pilgrims", he instructed the PRO Dr T Ravi.

Meanwhile, the Health Department and Medical Wing of TTD are gearing up to make the arrangements to run the camps at both the footpath routes and also at Alipiri Toll Gate with enough number of Paramedical staffs and medicines as well as the screening equipment for the sake of the multitude of visiting pilgrims with the support of Engineering department which has set up the camps at these places.

SE 2 Sri Nageswara Rao, Temple DyEO Sri Harindranath, HoD IT Sri Sesha Reddy, Reception DyEOs Sri Balaji, Sri Damodaram, Annaprasadam DyEO Sri Nagaraja, Kalyanakatta DyEO Sri Selvam, VGO Sri Manohar and others were also present.

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