Padmanabhaswamy security stepped up

Thiruvananthapuram: Security has been tightened at Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple here which shot into fame after discovery of priceless treasures running into hundreds of crores of rupees in its secret cellars and underground chambers. As part of the multi-layered CCTV security system, 58 CCTV cameras would be installed on vital locations in and around the temple to ensure continous 24×7 survillance. Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy formally inaugurated the security system installed at a cost of Rs 1.5 crore at a function here on Wednesday.

Speaking on the occasion, Chandy said as assured to Supreme Court, the state government had provided fool-proof security to the temple. Work of the security measures to be set up with a cost of Rs 9 crore had already started, he said. State owned Keltron, that installed the entire system, would also provide training to police personnel to operate it, he said. Utradom Thirunal Marthandavarama, head of the Travancore Royal Family, which manages the temple, DGP Jacob Punnoose were among those present on the occasion.

The opening of the cellars in the sprawling temple complex, some of them remaining shut for over a century, has revealed that they contain invaluable jewels, ornaments, stone-studded crowns, vessels, platters and many other costly curios, stashed in them. The temple`s presiding deity is Lord Vishnu. The wealth was revealed during an inventory ordered by the apex court in May, while considering a private petition demanding greater transparency in temple affairs.