Municipal Corporation of Tirupati (MCT) will soon launch a drive to make Tirupati a beggar-free city to find a permanent solution for begging.

MCT has kept a deadline of 10 December to get rid of begging menace as per the Smart City project implementation.

According to a recent survey, there are around 2,500 to 3,000 beggars in both Tirupati and Tirumala, in which 72 percent of the total was found to be fake beggars, who have an approximate annual income of 2 cr.

Apart from the fake ones, there are 28 percent genuine beggars who are forced to beg due to various issues. This is a tough challenge for MCT to differentiate the genuine ones out of fake beggars.

According to Deccan Chronicle, the real menace of begging can be seen near the Central bus station, railway station and local temples, especially at the footsteps of Alipiri in Tirupati.

In Tirumala, a bunch of fake beggars can be found in most of the busy places and the two trekking paths of Alipiri and Srivari Mettu. With the begging menace, scores of pilgrims and the denizens have been facing problems.

To curb the menace, MCT officials are getting ready to shift the real beggars to the civic body shelters, situated in the outskirts of Tirupati, without violating their rights.

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