The Centre on Friday told the Supreme Court it will not remove the Ram Setu, and will find other ways to the proposed shipping canal in the region, Bar and Bench reported. The government said this in an affidavit in response to a petition by Bharatiya Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy against the canal project. I finally after 20 yrs have concluded my case listed Transfer WP No. Files affidavit to that effect in petition by Swamy
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This would provide a continuously navigable sea route around the Indian Peninsula. The project involves digging a Conceived in by Alfred Dundas Taylor , it recently [ when? The proposed route through the shoals of Adam's Bridge is opposed by some groups on religious, environmental and economical grounds. Five alternative routes were considered that avoid damage to the shoals. This plan avoids the demolition of Ram Setu.
Because of its shallow waters, Sethusamudram—the sea separating Sri Lanka from India—presents a hindrance to navigation through the Palk Strait. Though trade across the India-Sri Lanka divide has been active since at least the first millennium BCE, it has been limited to small boats and dinghies.
Larger oceangoing vessels coming from the West have had to navigate around Sri Lanka to reach India' eastern coast. Little notice was given to his proposal, perhaps because it came from "so young and an unknown officer", and the idea was only revived 60 years later. The project was possibly conceived in by Commander A. Taylor of the Indian Marines, [ citation needed ] and has been reviewed many times without a decision being made.
It has been part of the election manifestos of all political parties during elections. Ramasamy Mudaliar—which was charged with examining the desirability of the project. After evaluating the costs and benefits, this committee found the project feasible and viable.
However it strongly recommended an overland passage instead of a channel cutting through Rama's Bridge. A land passage would have several advantages, such as avoiding shifting sandbanks and navigational hazards. Pachauri as the head of a six-member committee to look at an alternative alignment avoiding the sensitive Ramar Sethu stretch.
The Indian government rejected the committee's report and decided to go ahead with the project in its current form. Some naval hydrographers and experts suggest that the project is unlikely to be financially viable or serve ships in any significant way. The time savings for ships sailing from Kanyakumari or Tuticorin is between 10 and 30 hours.
Ships from destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Mauritius and Europe, would save an average of 8 hours using the canal. If tariffs are lowered to a point where ships from Africa and Europe will not lose money from using the canal, the IRR of the project falls to 2.
The canal is designed for ships of 30, metric tonnes and lighter. Most new ships weighing more than 60, tonnes and tankers weighing above , tonnes cannot use this canal. Axis Bank Ltd. To secure more money, Sethusamudram Corp.
Ltd would have to draw up new reports, sit with parliamentary committees and receive fresh approval. The project would disturb the ecological balance and destroy corals and kill marine life. The area is an important fishing ground for Tamil Nadu and the Gulf of Mannar Marine National Park is in the vicinity of the proposed project.
Deposits of thorium , important for nuclear fuel requirements, would also be affected. Tsunami expert Professor Tad Murty —who advised the Government of India on the tsunami warning system—has said that the planned route may result in increased impact from tsunami waves. He wrote, "During the Indian Ocean tsunami of 26 December , the southern part of Kerala was generally spared from a major tsunami, mainly because the tsunami waves from Sumatra region travelling south of the Sri Lankan island, partially diffracted northward and affected the central part of the Kerala coast.
Since the tsunami is a long gravity wave similar to tides and storm surges during the diffraction process, the rather wide turn it has to take spared the south Kerala coast. On the other hand, deepening the Sethu Canal might provide a more direct route for the tsunami and this could impact south Kerala.
On 21 April , the Supreme Court of India decided to delay the project to until an Environmental impact analysis on the feasibility of a route through Dhanuskodi instead of Rama's Bridge had been carried out.
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Ram Setu won’t be touched, we’ll find other ways to build shipping canal, Centre tells SC
Key data, economic, cultural, political stakes. Hence, the coast of India does not have a continuous navigation channel connecting the east and west coasts. Currently the ships coming from the west coast of India and other western countries with destination in the east coast of India and also in Bangladesh, China etc have to navigate around Srilankan coast. In practical terms, the advantages of the canal were that the distance between Cape Comorin and Chennai would be reduced to nautical miles from the prevailing miles. Further, by reducing the distance between the east and the west coasts, travelling time would come down by 36 hours. It would also avoid circumnavigation of ships around Sri Lanka, thereby resulting in savings in fuel costs. As it would give India a firm grip on one of the world's most strategic and busiest sea-lanes, the Sethusamudram Project has a very important geo-political dimension.
Sethusamudram Shipping Canal Project
Ships originating from the west of India and destined for Chennai, Ennore, Vishakapatnam, Paradeep, Haldia and Kolkata have to travel around the Sri Lankan coast resulting in increase of travel distance and time. The Government of India set up the Sethusamudram project committee to look into the feasibility of the project and five routes were discussed till The total length of the channel is estimated to be The third segment falls in the Palk Bay, with a total length of 78 km and which reportedly requires no dredging as this area has a clearance depth of 12 m. The project is fine, but the present route is not, as it involves destruction of a bridge believed to have been built by Lord Rama. The qualitative requirement for the Sethu project is a metre dredged depth. A 30, DWT coal-carrying vessel will draw about
Won't damage Ram Sethu for Sethusamudram project, Centre tells SC
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