TTD to use remote control devices to control temple elephants

TTD to use remote control devices to control temple elephantsThe Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) administration is planning to deploy remote control devices to control temple elephants which sometimes become uncontrollable and create panic among worshipers.

The administration called in an expert team from Kerala to control the elephants after last month’s incident when temple elephant `Avanija' went crazy and walked on an aged pilgrim in Tirumala. The team displayed a long demo at the TTD goshala on Saturday and said that its remote control gear system will help control the elephants in case they go crazy.

The system is used in the famous Guruvayur temple and has been successful in controlling elephants. The system was tested in Mannadi veterinary college, Elephant Welfare Association of Trissur in Kerala and also at a temple in Mumbai.

A leather belt like device, which has the capacity to take on a weight of up to five tones, with remote sensors is tied to the hind legs of the pachyderm. A grown up elephant weighs between 3-3.5 tonnes.

"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 by bringing both legs in a static position," said Director of TTD-run Sri Venkateswara dairy farm K Harnath Reddy.

The TTD dairy has six female elephants named Avanija, Mahalaxmi, Vaishnavi. Padma, Padmavathi and Lakshmi . The TTD wants to acquire 12 such electronic remote control devices for its elephants. All the elephants are fully grown as devotees donate them to please goddess Laxmi Devi.