The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) has made the decision to only build kalyana mandapams in locations where the land is registered or alienated in its name with full ownership rights and in accordance with the existing specifications, and not to undertake any constructions in the Endowment lands made available to it on a long-lease basis by using its own money.
The timing of the judgement is significant because there is growing pressure on public officials and Endowments officials to build additional kalyana mandapams on Endowments land in their towns and electoral districts.
With the TTD sounding opposed to building new kalyana mandapams, the public representatives and Endowments authorities have come up with a new proposal to provide their lands on a long-lease basis with specific terms and conditions, provided the TTD takes up the constructions with its funds and hands them over to respective temple authorities at completion, which would guarantee them with some revenue.
Various temples in the districts of Anantapur, Guntur, Visakhapatnam, YSR Kadapa, Prakasam, Chittoor (2), and Vizianagaram proposed giving TTD Endowments lands.
The TTD board believed that building Kalyana mandapams on Endowments properties was not only against its policy since it would deviate from court orders but also because it would not grant it any ownership rights to the land.
It also believed that its role would be restricted to financial support because, once completed, the structures would have to be given to the appropriate temples for care at no charge. In addition to this, it will be required to initiate correspondence with the board, government, and Endowments department in order to obtain sanctions, obtain land licences, and finalise lease agreements.
Over 304 kalyana mandapams have already been built by the TTD in various parts of the nation, and another 8 are in various phases of development. Two hundred and ninety-four of them—294—are distributed out throughout the two Telugu States, along with Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Odisha, and Ahmedabad.
To start building a kalyana mandapam, the sponsor is required to register/alienate one acre of plain, undisputed land in a prime location in favour of TTD with full ownership rights, or two acres of land in the case of district headquarters and corporations, along with depositing 40% of the estimated cost in the form of public contribution. These terms and conditions are periodically revised.
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