Karunanidhi slams BJP, AIADMK over stand on Sethusamudram project

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    CHENNAI: Flaying BJP and AIADMK for their stand on Sethusamudram project, DMK chief M Karunanidhi on Sunday said the national party while in power had proposed the alignment for the project which involves dredging of "Ram Setu" or Adam's Bridge, which it is firmly opposed to now.

    Asking Centre to expedite steps to ensure a favourable verdict on the matter in the Supreme Court, the key UPA ally also said "some communal forces" had moved the apex court with a view to creating roadblocks.

    "After considering various proposals over the route, then NDA government under AB Vajpayee had decided to implement the project on alignment No.6 which involves the Adam's Bridge.

    "Having forgotten that and now opposing dredging of Ram Setu ... the conflict (in BJP's stand) should be thought about," he said in a statement here.

    The Pachauri committee, which submitted its report to the Supreme Court, has said the Sethusamudram shipping channel project is not viable on economic and ecological grounds.

    Government has rejected the report and maintained that it intends to pursue the project which will cut through the Adam's Bridge, popularly known as Ram Setu.

    BJP spokesperson Ravishankar Prasad had said his party and the nation "will not tolerate" any tampering with the Ram setu, asking why cutting through it was the only solution.

    On AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa's demand to the Prime Minister that Rama setu be declared a national monument, Karunanidhi said the Tamil Nadu chief minister had claimed in 2005 that it was due to her efforts that preliminary work on the project was initiated in 1998 and that she had been a reason for its taking shape.

    The party had in its 2001 poll manifesto also spoke in favour of the Sethusamudram project, he said and added she had turned against it since she didn't want DMK to take credit.

    Recalling that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi besides himself, then chief minister, had attended the inauguration of the project at Madurai, Karunanidhi said even then some had unsuccessfully approached the Supreme Court for a stay against the function.

    "With the project going at good pace under then shipping minister TR Baalu, some communal forces had taken the issue to the Supreme Court with a view to creating roadblocks."

    Centre should take steps to get a favourable verdict from the court and ensure a better livelihood for people of southern Tamil Nadu, he said.

    Ram Setu is the mythical bridge on which Lord Ram and his army crossed the sea to invade Ravan's kingdom. The project envisages dredging of a shipping channel across the Palk Straits between India and Sri Lanka.

    Karunanidhi slams BJP, AIADMK over stand on Sethusamudram project - TOI Mobile | The Times of India Mobile Site
     
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    Read somewhere lucrative dredging contracts for Karunanidhi clan are in the pipeline.

    The ocean currents in that region have deposited sand in the straits I believe making a shallow bridge like structure linking India and Sri Lanka. What will be the ecological impact of dredging in that area on marine life and is it worth the effort ?

    Politicians cannot be trusted to take the right decision. Perhaps SC (thats the only authority that can make things happen in govt these days!) could appoint a commission to study the issue and give a scientific opinion.
     
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    Such a project elsewhere in the world would not be easy to build due to environmental impact.
     
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    Even if they dig the deep sea channel as planned, the ocean currents in that area will keep depositing sand and filling it up, so will it be worth the while or will it entail high maintenance costs ?

    Also, the shallow seas in the channel are nurseries for fish and coral and help in reproduction of the species. The proposed deep sea channel will affect fish catches in long run.

    To be seen what happens and whether greedy politicians will destroy nature for short term gains for themselves and family.
     
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    basically Karunanidhi is a Best Screenplay writer But nowadays good actor too ....
     
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    It will be a high cost recurring maintainence project due to sand redeposition. Loss of corals for sure..

    Leaving all those aside, it will be a strategic suicide. Why would we want to lose the advantage of oversight on Srilanka and naval channels through civilian ships??
    What is the purpose of the project at such high costs? To reduce time of travel? Not gonna happen even with the shorter route due to the reduced speeds.
    Fuel savings? Not significant/marginal enough to warrant a change in status quo.

    And more important of all, Why would we want to lose the thorium deposits present in the area due to the digging? No wonder all the anti-nationals will pursue this project with renewed vigor, not knowing the reasons for the significant 'foreign' money involved to get this project moving.
     
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    MK has claimed its the NDA govt that cleared the project and JJ claimed the credit for it earlier. Anyone knows the recent history of the project? Last 10-15 years?

    Apparently the Brits were the first to think about it 200 years ago!!
     
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    Fish and coral would be destroyed forever by dredging alone. Then think of pollution caused by ships.

    Best way to destroy the Rameshwar Island.
     
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    Budda has no better job , has to bark at everything keep it up

    Sir why don't u slam for 2G & other scams ?
     
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    'Ram Sethu' Will Not be Broken for Sethusamudram Project: Govt

    NEW DELHI: Government will not "break" 'Ram Sethu' for the proposed Sethusamudram shipping canal project and will make efforts to see that the navigation system is put in place without damaging it, Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari informed Lok Sabha today. Gadkari said during Question Hour that the matter is sub- judice and government has certain "alternatives" in mind and will tell the Supreme Court an option. He said it is the stand of the NDA government that the 'Ram Sethu', as the structure is known, will not be broken. There are different geological and religious theories behind the origin of the bridge. It was the site of the proposed Sethusamudram shipping canal project for dredging the entire straits to make it navigable by large ships and create fishing and shipping harbours in the coastal areas as ships bound for India's eastern coast have to circle around the entire island of Sri Lanka to reach Tuticorin, Chennai, Vizag, Paradip and other ports. Responding to questions on waterways, Gadkari said government is planning a 'Jalmarg Yojna' in the near future for better development of National Waterways. He said while the cost per kilometer on travelling in a water way is 50 paisa, it is Re 1 by train and Rs 1.50 by road.
    'Ram Sethu' Will Not be Broken for Sethusamudram Project: Govt - The New Indian Express
     
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    A scientific analysis is essential before embarking on the project.

    Sri Lanka will also claim fee for the passage of international shipping without doing a damn.
     
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    Even if Raam Sethu was not man-made, it is still culturally and historically very important important. Maybe Lord Ram used a naturally formed Adam's bridge to get to Lanka, even than Ram Sethu is culturally every important to most Indians. We are answerable to our future generations as to why Ram Sethu was destroyed. Ram Sethu is not a temple or a place of religious worship but a link to our illustrious past dating more 7000 years ago. Its like destroying the Harappan sites for a highway project. Other solutions needs to be looked into.
     
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    what they can do is create a canal (like suez or panama) out of mainland tamilnadu, it is a costly affair but it also brings the hope of tapping the potential of such sea ways.
     

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