The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD), one of the richest independent trusts in the country that manages the famous Tirumala Venkateswara Temple in Andhra Pradesh, will build its first temple in J&K.
The J&K administration has approved the transfer of 496 canals (62 acres) and 17 marla to the TTD to build a temple and associated infrastructure.
J&K Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha approved the transfer of land for a period of 40 years during a meeting of the J&K Board of Directors on Thursday.
A government spokesman said the temple will have other allied infrastructure, including the pilgrimage facility complex, Veda Patasala, a spiritual and meditation center, residential areas and parking lots.
“In the future, there would also be medical and educational facilities on campus,” said the spokesman.
The TTD, a foundation established in 1932, is a non-profit organization with an international reputation. “The arrival of the TTD at J&K will exploit the tourism potential, especially pilgrimage tourism in Jammu, the city of temples, and improve economic activity,” the spokesman said.
The TTD infrastructure will be an attraction for pilgrims and tourists, along with Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine and Amarnathji Shrine. “It will allow tourists to stay longer in Jammu City and will also contribute to the region’s economic growth,” he added.