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The TTD trust board on Tuesday resolved to accept the donation of ₹12 crore made by a London-based devotee, Nirmal Sethia, towards the cost involved in the construction of the temple of Lord Venkateswara at Kurukshetra in Harayana.

Briefing the deliberations of the board meeting, TTD Chairman Ch. Krishna Murthy said that the board also resolved to construct an entrance service hall for the benefit of common pilgrims at the Narayanagiri gardens at a cost of ₹5 crore and also sanctioned ₹3.53 crore for construction of a pilgrim amenities complex at the temple of Sita Ramachandraswamy devasthanam near Bhadrachalam in Khammam.

Renovation of temples

This apart, the board sanctioned ₹1.25 crore for the construction of a kalyanamandapam and ₹21.60 lakh for the renovation of Sri Chenna Kesava Swamy temple in Chennur village in Gudur mandal in Nellore district in addition to ₹21. 15 lakh towards the renovation of Anjaneya Swamy temple at Bandhameedipalle in Rapthadu mandal of Anantapur.

On the marketing front, the board resolved to purchase 1.25 lakh kg of cashewnut at a cost of ₹10 crore sufficient to meet the requirements of the hill temple for a period of two months, 39,480 kg of cardamom (₹5.78 crore) 3.37 lakh kg of sunflower oil (₹ 2.70 crore) 2.2 crore paper plates (₹1.54 crore) 2 lakh kg of dry grapes (₹2.27 crore) and 2.57 lakh kg of sugar candy (₹1.07 cr). The board also resolved to replace the existing electrical fittings and bulbs at all its cottages and guest houses at Tirumala with those of LED bulbs at a cost of ₹4.5 crore.