Centre won't remove Ram Sethu, will protect it

By NT Bureau Published on Mar 16, 2018 02:36 PM IST

Chennai: The Centre today filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court in the Ram Sethu case, and said it won't remove the structure. The government also said it will help protect it.

The affidavit was filed in connection with a plea by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy.

The Centre told the apex court that considering the socio-economic disadvantages of the proposed alignment, the Government of India does not want to implement the alignment.

The government intends to explore an alternative to the earlier alignment of  the Sethusamudram shipping canal project without affecting or damaging Rama Sethu, in the interest of the nation.

Hindus believe that it was built by the army of Lord Ram to go to Lanka to wage war with its king, Ravana.

A project titled Sethusamudram Shipping Canal Project was mooted by the Government of India and a feasibility study ordered in the 1990s.

In 1997, the government decided to go ahead with the project but only finalised it in 2005.

It was Subramanian Swamy who moved the top court, challenging the project on the basis of religious belief and sought a national heritage status for it.

STALIN WANTS PROJECT

DMK working president and Leader of Opposition in the Tamilnadu Assembly, M K Stalin, today said his party's stand is that the Sethusamudram Canal Project should be implemented. "The AIADMK government should realise that the Centre is deceiving Tamilnadu," he said.