The treasures unearthed from five of the six secret vaults in the centuries old temple in July last year included sacks of gold, diamonds and precious stones. The court had ordered the inventorisation of the wealth following a dispute over the control of the temple administered by the erstwhile Travancore Royal family.
The Supreme Court-appointed experts committee reviewed the arrangements and preparations for evaluating the valuable here on Sunday. Committee coordinator M V Nair said they were planning to begin the evaluation on February 16 or 17. “The Kerala Electronics Development Corporation (Keltron) will make available all the equipment required for the evaluation by February 9. A mock evaluation will be conducted for three days subsequently. If everything is fine we will begin the actual evaluation within a week,” Nair said.
He said the Devaswom Board had allotted an office for the committee. Funds for the equipment and the functioning of the committee have been sanctioned by the government.
Nair said the committee will be using the latest technology and the standards set by the International Council of Museum for the evaluation. He said that the committee may improve on the standard procedures followed by the council.
The apex court had appointed the committee in August this year following disputes over the control of the treasures. While the devotees wanted the treasures to be kept intact within the vaults as they belonged to the temple, a section of the political parties and rationalists called for the nationalisation and utilisation of the wealth for public welfare.
A Deva Prasnam (astrological examination) held at the temple had warned against the evaluation and opening of the remaining vault six. The court has held up opening of the vault till the completion of the evaluation of the articles found from the five vaults.