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Tunnels to easily access the Padmanabha temple assets?

By Anita

Sree Padmanabha Swamy temple
Thiruvananthapuram, Jul 5: With the Rs 1 lakh crore booty that has emerged from the underground cellars of the famous Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple in Kerala, all eyes are on God's own country that will now be called home to the richest temple in the country.

But with the latest find, the Kerala state government now has a mammoth task in its hands to provide security to this multi-crore asset. But apart from this, there are also widespread debates on how and where the assets need to be kept.

But there is another challenge that has got nothing to do with the Travancore royal family or the various political parties. The fact that the cellars are underground is the issue in question. The presence of huge drains in the periphery of the temple walls could pose risks to the treasure especially when its presence has been hyped and now confirmed.

Intelligence agencies are believed to have taken the matter seriously and is understood to have made sketches of the underground tunnels to better understand the challenges.

There are two drainage tunnels that is estimated to be two and half feet in length and breadth that exists near the temple. Any person can easily move in and out of the tunnel due to the sheer size of the drainage tunnel that is believed to be centuries old. The security fears are heightened since the drainage tunnel can be accessed from multiple points in the vicinity. Many of the access points that the drain has are only a mere 30 metres from the temple.

These facts coupled with fears of the presence of an access point within the temple premises poses a valid and serious threat to the safety of the royal assets. If the presence of such an access point is confirmed, it could be used by negative elements who wants to siphon the precious treasures that has been lying in complete oblivion for centuries.

With the state government grappling with the humongous security measure in lieu of the treasure trove in the Padmanabhaswamy temple, looks like the Kerala government will have to take cognizance of the drainage tunnels and re-assess the security measure installed in the temple.

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