Central government unwilling to declare Rama Sethu a national monument – TOI

Rama SethuNEW DELHI: The central government on Thursday shied from taking any stand on the plea by Janta party president Subramanium Swamy that the mythological Ram Sethu in the Palk Strait be declared a national monument.

An apex court bench of Justice H.L. Dattu and Justice Anil R. Dave on Thursday recorded that the central government does not intend to file its response to the petition of Swamy.

The court at its last hearing had asked additional solicitor general Harin Rawal to take instructions from the government on Swamy’s plea that the mythological Ram Sethu, known as the Adam’s Bridge in the Palk Strait between southern India and Sri Lanka, be declared a national monument.

After recording that the central government did not intend to file its response to Swamy’s plea, the court directed the matter be listed for further hearing in the third week of August.

The Supreme Court on March 27 had asked the central government to unequivocally state whether the mythological Ram Sethu could be declared a national monument.

Dr. Subramanian SwamyIt gave the government a day to address its query, and decided to take up the matter on March 29.

The court also directed the government to place before it the report of the group headed by environmental expert R.K. Pachauri on the feasibility of executing the Sethusamudram project off Dhanushkodi, a town at the southern tip of the Rameswaram island of the Tamil Nadu.

The earlier plans of cutting a shorter sea navigation route through Ram Sethu had run into litigation and controversies involving religious beliefs.

Earlier in 2009, the National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) had said that there was inadequate data to come to a definite conclusion if alignment 4A at Dhanushkodi could be used as an alternate route for undertaking the Sethusamudram project.

The court gave the central government six weeks to submit its report. – Times of India, Mumbai, 19 April 2012

2 Responses

  1. This project will kill the corals existing in the region. Throughout the world corals are listed as protected areas and even to drill for oil , govts think umpteen times. The corals round Sethusamudram is precious.

    Interview on with O Fernandes head of Coastal Action Network on the
    ecological disaster of the project.


    Here is another detailed one.

    Click to access Sethusamudram_Shipping_Canal_Project_Final.pdf

    Another one


  2. does it not indicate the messages released on Ramnavim day and after Ram lila celebrations by our central ministers are farce?


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