Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) has decided to auction 50 immovable petty properties located at different places in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Rishikesh in Uttarakhand.
The immovable properties which are set to be auctioned include tiny houses and house plots measuring between 1 cent and 5 cents and farming lands between 10 cents and below one acre, said YV Subba Reddy, Chairman of TTD Board, which governs the famous hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara at Tirumala.
Estate Officer V Devendra Reddy said, ”The Lord Venkateswara Swamy’s temple located on Tirumala Hill shrine has initiated the process to auction its 23 properties situated in various parts of Tamil Nadu.” The property was gifted to TTD by devotees of Lord Balaji.
The Lord Balaji Temple trust has formed two committees to sell what it calls ”unviable and not maintainable” properties in Tamil Nadu through public auction. TTD has land and other assets not only in Andhra Pradesh but also in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Pondicherry, Haryana and Odisha.
Though the proceedings for the auction of 23 properties were issued by TTD Estate Officer V Devendra Reddy on April 30, the issue came to light on Saturday. The resolution was communicated to the department concerned on March 17 only and thereafter, proceedings were issued on April 30 and two teams were constituted for conducting the auction.
One team is headed by TTD assistant executive officer (revenue) S Udaya Bhaskar Reddy, with senior assistant P Muneendra, surveyor P Mohan Rao, and chainman M Balaji as members. The other team is headed by TTD tahsildar (properties cell) G Gowri Shankar Rao, with senior assistant Y Subbarayudu, surveyor P Harinath and chainman E Guravaiah as members.