Dear Sri Kirankumar Reddy,
Sub: Construction of Yatri Nivas by Karnataka State Charities at Thirumala – vacation of Interim Order in WP No. 23801/2010 – before Hon’ble High Court of Andhra Pradesh – reg.
Ref: Govt. Order No. MS 285 dated 07.03.2008of Govt. of Andhra Pradesh, Hydera
The people of Karnataka are having a lot of reverence to Lord Balaji at Thirumala. Everyday thousands of devotees from Karnataka visit this holy place. The then Maharajas of Mysore felt the need and acquired a piece of land at Thirumala, the same land has been converted to lease recently to the State of Karnataka by Thirumala Tirupathi Devastanam.
The existing buildings at Thirumala were very old and with the knowledge of TTD Authorities, the Government took a decision to demolish and construct a new Yatri Nivas in the said property and accordingly a project report has been approved by the Government of Karnataka at a cost of Rs. 20.00 Crores for the first phase work. Thirumala Tirupathi Devastanam authorities were also addressed for the grant of license for the construction, as per Thirupathi Tirumala Devastanam norms.
At this stage, one Narisimhan, Advocate, Thirupathi filed a public interest litigation petition before the Hon’ble High Court of Andhra Pradesh, impleading the Andhra Pradesh Government, Thirumala Tirupathi Devasthanam, Karnataka State Charities and the Government of Pondicherry as Respondents.
In this petition, the Hon’ble High Court has granted interim order of status quo on 16.11.2010. In view of the interim order, the construction of work by the Karnataka State Charities has been stalled, asf already the old cottages and structures have been demolished resulting in acute scarcity of accommodation to the devotees visiting from Karnataka.
A detailed counter objection has already been filed by the Karnataka Charities in the said writ petition. But the Thirumala Tirupathi Devasthanam authorities have not filed any objection to the writ petition so far, which facilitated the continuation of interim order and thereby construction work of Yathri Nivas at Thirumala has been stalled.
The Endowment Commissioner, Karnataka, has also written a letter to the Executive Officer, Thirumala Tirupathi Devasthanam, Thirumala on 09.05.2011 requesting him to file a joint memo before the Hon’ble High Court, as as to enable the Hon’ble High Court to vacate interim order of status quo which has not been attended so far.
It is not a fresh grant of lease of land, but the land which was already owned and in possession of the Karnataka State Charities, Thirumala since ages, Has been converted into lease with mutual consent. It is also to continue the cordial relationship prevailing between the States of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Now everyday the devotees from Karnataka are put to a lot of inconvenience due to lack of accommodation at Thirumala.
May I request you to instruct the Executive Officer, Thirumala Tirupathi Devastanam, to file a joint affidavit along with Revenue Department of Karnataka to facilitate immediate disposal of the case making way for construction of Yathri Nivas.
Earliest action in this regard is highly solicited,
With warm regards,
Sri Kirankumar Reddy,
Hon’ble Chief Minister,
Govt. of Andhra Pradesh,
Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh.