The Indian administration in Jammu and Kashmir has granted swathes to a South Indian temple trust on a 40-year lease.
The Administrative Council which met under the chairmanship of Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha, approved the proposal to allot 496 Kanal 17 Marla to the Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanams for the building of Temple and its allied infrastructures, Pilgrim amenities Complex, Vedapatasala, Spiritual/Meditation Centre, Office, Residential Quarters and Parking; on lease basis for a period of 40 years.
In future, there would be medical and educational facilities also in the campus.
TTD, a board established by 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 pilgrim tourism in Jammu, the City of Temples, besides enhancing economic activities, said an official spokesperson in a statement.
Once developed, the TTD infrastructure will be an attraction for the pilgrims and tourists in addition to the Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine and Amarnath Shrine. It will enable tourists to come and stay longer in Jammu city. The future development on the campus will also contribute to the economic growth of the region, the statement mentioned.