Tirumala – A Green Pilgrimage Centre


The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams(TTD) which has been administering the affairs of the famous hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara has now become “eco-friendly” by installing a non-conventional solar energy plant in the administrative building in Tirupati. Usually the average monthly power consumption of the administrative building complex is 1.2 lakh units whereas the newly installed power plant will generate approximately 1.5 lakh units annually. This plant saves approximately 100 tonnes of carbon emission every year, and the life span of the plant is 25 years. In the canteen, free mineral water is provided through pipelines and the use of plastic bottles has been banned.

From gardening to cooking, only non-conventional sources of energy are now used in the temples of Tirupati. The TTD relies entirely on clean energy to feed over 70,000 people every day. The temple has installed solar powered lights, solar cooking systems, windmills and a water recycling station. The windmills on the hill ensure that the temple town is able to meet some part of its power requirement by itself. That means 40-45 per cent of the energy required by TTD is from its non-conventional sources. Tirumala also has a water recycling station that purifies all waste water which is then reused in the temple city’s gardens. Even the street lamps the Tirumala hill are solar powered.#

Tirupati uses some of the largest cooking systems to feed millions of devotees every year. In Tirupati, the system has reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 1.2 tonnes per day with an additional benefit of saving Rs.17 lakhs a year.

Source:   http://tirupathinews.in/ttd-goes-eco-friendly-way-2/

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