SRINAGAR — The Jammu and Kashmir administration has allotted some 500 kanals of land on lease for 40 years to the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) for building a temple and allied infrastructure in the Union Territory.
An official statement released on Thursday stated that the Administrative Council (AC), which is headed by Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha, met and approved the proposal to allot 496 kanals and 17 marlas of land to the TTD for building a temple and its allied infrastructure, pilgrim amenities complex, vedapatasala, spiritual/meditation centre, office, residential quarters and parking.
The land, the statement said, would be allotted to the TTD on a lease basis for 40 years.
TTD, which is headquartered at Tirupati, is an independent trust which manages temples like the Tirumala Venkateswara temple in Andhra Pradesh.
The official handout said that TTD, a board established by the government under the TTD Act, 1932, is a charitable organization of international repute with a proven track record of activities in the spiritual, cultural, social, and educational sphere.
“Its arrival in J&K will tap the tourism potential particularly pilgrims in Jammu, the city of temples, besides enhancing economic activities,” the statement reads.
According to the handout, once developed, the TTD infrastructure will be an attraction for pilgrims and tourists in addition to the Mata Vaishno Devi and Amarnath shrines.
“It will enable tourists to come and stay longer in Jammu city. The future development on the campus will also contribute to economic growth of the region,” it added.