Saturday, February 6, 2016

Panel seeks opening of Padmanabhaswamy temple’s B vault

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court-appointed expert committee has sought the court’s permission to open the underground B vault of the Padmanabha Swamy Temple. It has also asked the court for permission to establish a museum to showcase the riches of the temple so that it would provide for  a grand spectacle to the general public.

“All other vaults have been opened and assessment of the valuables completed. Former Comptroller and Auditor General Vinod Rai also had sought the opening of the B vault. As of now, 45,000-page report is ready and information regarding the examination of the vault has been stored in the hard disc. Once the B vault is opened and assessed, a final report can be submitted,” the committee said in an affidavit submitted in the Supreme Court.

The job of the Committee assigned with the job of sorting and evaluating the gold ornaments and other valuables in the underground vaults of the temple is in the final phase. The examination of vaults from A to H has been completed.

The opening of the B vault became controversial after the Travancore Royal family objected to it. Later, the Supreme postponed the decision on its opening .

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