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Staff Reporter, The Hindu / THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, August 2, 2011.
C.V. Ananda Bose (left), director general of the National Museum, New Delhi, who heads the second committee appointed by the Supreme Court, at the Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram on Monday. Photo: C. Ratheesh Kumar.
The underground vaults of Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple here would be inspected to see how suited they are to preserve the vast amounts of gold, precious stones, ornaments and articles of antique value recently found inside them.
The inspection and assessment — by the representative of the Reserve Bank of India in the five-member committee set up by the Supreme Court to decide on the security, inventory and preservation of the articles inside the vaults — is expected to begin in a day or two.
The five-member committee headed by C.V. Ananda Bose, director general of the National Museum, New Delhi, and the three-member committee headed by the former judge of the Kerala High Court, M.N. Krishnan, held detailed meetings here on Monday.
After a meeting in the morning, the teams inspected all the five vaults which have been opened and inventoried. Following this, the committees met on Monday evening for a second, more detailed, meeting.
The meeting reportedly discussed the different core competencies of the committees' members, and distributed work relating to the conservation of the vaults' contents, the documentation, the storage and retrieval of the articles, the possibility of setting up of a museum inside the temple, and the question of whether or not to open vault B.
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