Tirupati, Apr 23: The month-long lockdown as a fallout of Coronavirus has cost the trade-cum- livelihood loss in the pilgrim city Tirupati to nearly Rs 100 crore per day .
The one month of Coronavirus lockdown has hit the Tirumala and Tirupati pilgrim city with loss of livelihood for millions.
Perhaps a wake up call for a regional economy which depended on spending by devotees. They were fleeced at every point but the pilgrims remained nonchalant in their devotion to lord Venkateswara.
The epicentre of pilgrim tourism in the country, the Tirumala, Tirupati, Tiruchanoor and Srikalahasti, Kanipakam, tourist circuit has come to a standstill.
Perhaps for first time in last two centuries, there are no pilgrims from anywhere rendering ever busy hotel, Railway stations, bus stand TTD Choultries, rest houses etc without guests for over a month.
A rough assessment by the trade and labour bodies of one of the fastest growing economies of Andhra Pradesh displayed that the loss of earnings of the TTD ( Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams) and activity at Tirumala accounted for over 50 per cent of the over all revenue loss at Rs 25 crore .
While the TTD administration projected a daily loss of around Rs 8 crore ( loss in hundi collections and laddu sale) vendors, caterers and hoteliers at Tirumala and Tirupati lost around Rs 5 crore.The revenue loss to APSRTC which ran monopoly bus service to Tirumala and the private taxi operators , private buses and rail transport alone reported a loss of Rs 3 crore per day.
Totally they transported around 1.3 lakh devotees daily through all modes. (UNI)