The forest region near Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD) in Andhra Pradesh, which left behind a trail of destruction in the Seshachalam hills was brought under control to a large extent on Thursday by the rescue operation team. It was jointly taken up by the Army, Navy, disaster management experts, besides the sustained efforts of the TTD and other district coordinating forces.
information about the fire was received on Wednesday from the state
administration and immediately the Defence Crisis Management Group,
an apex level body of Defence Forces for managing disaster
situations, and the Chief of Integrated Defence Staff, swung into
action for the firefighting operation.
IAF helicopters sprayed water on the fire ranging from three days
with 'Bambi buckets' with a capacity of 4,000 litres of water.
The helicopter operations were conducted from Renigunta airport. Two
army columns, consisting of 125 soldiers each, came down from Chennai
and were deployed to assist thestate administration to deal with the
crisis, as reported by Deccan Chronicle.
fire, which had actually broken out on Tuesday was threatening the
famous Balaji Temple. Officials of the TTD said that the fire was
spreading rapidly and destroyed forests spread over thousands of
hectares. Due to the, a thick smoke had enveloped the hills and the
shops around the temple were shut and the pedestrian pathway from
Alipiri to the temple for devotees were also closed.