TTD to adopt remote control system to keep the tuskers in control

The temple management of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) has decided to appoint an expert team from Kerala to keep the tuskers in control.

The Kerala team has already given a live demonstration at the TTD goshala, showing its remote control gear system that would help control the temple tuskers whenever they go out of control.

It may be noted here that a temple elephant, named Avanija, went crazy and trampled an aged pilgrim in Tirumala a few months ago.

The remote control gear system, developed by one Mathew, has already proved successful in the famous Guruvayur temple. An elephant expert Giridas has also supported the system, saying they had tried it in Mannadi veterinary college and Elephant Welfare Association of Trissur in Kerala.

The device, a sort of leather belt equipped with remote sensors, is tied to the rear legs of the elephant. Sensors allow the belt to stop the movement of the rear legs whenever the elephant goes crazy.

Speaking on the device, Sri Venkateswara dairy farm's director K Harnath Reddy said, "Whenever the animal goes crazy, the mahout would immediately operate the remote control. This would immediately stop the movement of the hind legs of the tusker."

Meanwhile, the trust board of the TTD is preparing to appoint four retired government officials as advisors in some of the very important branches of administration.

Sources suggest that the trust board would possibly appoint the APSPDCL's former official Mr. K. Ranganathan; former Dharma Prachara Parishad secretary Mr. Vijayaraghavacharyulu, former engineering official Mr. Kondal Rao; and literary figure Mr. Ranganatha Sharma.