In what could be termed as administrative apathy, the authorities of Hill Palace have not been exhibiting the Royal crown of the erstwhile Cochin Kingdom to the public visiting the museum for the last two months.
According to sources, the authorities stopped displaying the crown due to complaint in the air-conditioner in the special room where it is kept.
“The room was closed two months ago. The authorities have not yet repaired the air conditioner and so the room remains closed,” the sources said.
M S Nair, Thiruvankulam zonal secretary of Tripunithura Rajanagari Union of Residents Association (TRURA), demanded immediate solution to the issue.
“The value of the crown and its significance in the history of Kerala draw people to the museum. Now, many visitors are returning disappointed as they are unable to see the crown,” he said.He alleged that the Hill Palace authorities are not keen to ensure the security of the museum.
“The proposal of a separate electricity connection to ensure the security of the palace is yet to be materialised. It is strange that a museum which possesses priceless valuables lacks a separate electricity source. It still takes power from common electricity line. It poses a very serious security threat to the museum,” he said. The TRURA also demanded effective utilisation of the `6.90 crore allotted by local MLA and Food and Civil Supplies Minister Anoop Jacob for renovating the museum.
The authorities of Hill Palace assured to resolve the issue soon.