The Centre submitted before the Supreme Court on Monday that an expert committee, constituted to explore the possibility of saving the Ram Sethu by looking at the feasibility of an alternate alignment for the proposed Sethusamundran Shipping Channel project, had found the alignment bypassing the mythological bridge to be both economically and ecologically non-viable. Solicitor General Rohinton Nariman, however, told the court that the government was yet to accept or reject the report by the committee headed by Nobel laureate R.K. Pachauri. A bench comprising Justice H.L. Dattu and Justice C.K. Prasad adjourned the matter for eight weeks after Nariman submitted that the report would be placed before the cabinet which would take a final decision.
Hindus believe that the stretch of limestone shoals between Dhanushkodi near Rameshwaram in Southern India and Mannar in Northwest Sri Lanka are the remains of an ancient bridge built by Lord Rama, as described in the holy epic, Ramayana. Recent NASA satellite images show clear pictures of a broken bridge under the ocean floor. The heritage of the bridge and the story of Lord Rama are extremely sacred to Hindus. The ocean floor between India and Sri Lanka near the Mannar coast is very shallow and is not navigable. It does not allow ships to pass. This means that. India does not have a continuous navigational channel linking the east and west coasts. Ships coming from India's west and heading to Bangladesh or Indian ports on the east coast have to go around Sri Lanka because the waterway in the sea dividing the two countries is shallow. Therefore, the Government of India has proposed the dredging of the sea to create a shipping canal to save up to 780 km of sailing distance and 30 hours of sailing time for ships plying between the east and west coasts of India.
Why BJP led Government allowed Sethusamudram Canal Project (SSCP) and same followed by the Congress led Government?
Please don't play with Hindu's sentiments, we don't want development at the cost of faith and believes.
Naresh Kadian, Rep. of OIPA in India, Founder Chairman, PFA Haryana
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