Govt won’t let Ram Sethu  be damaged, says Gadkari

New Delhi : The government has said it will not indulge in any activity that might affect the mythical Ram Sethu from the famous Indian epic of Ramayana, reports IANS.

According to Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari the development of a proposed waterway through the underwater site in the Palk Strait is being contested before the Supreme Court.

He said the government proposes to find an amicable solution to the issue which would also contribute to the development and progress of the nation.

The previous government had presented an affidavit to the apex court on its decision to disturb the historical structure.

The proposed project of Sethusamudram Shipping Canal Project which was first envisaged in the 1990s, seeks to create a 83-km-long deepwater channel between Pamban Island, also known as Rameswaram Island, off the southeastern coast of Tamil Nadu, and Mannar Island, off the northwestern coast of Sri Lanka.

The project also seeks to develop 13 minor ports in India, and fishing harbours and other infrastructure between India and Sri Lanka.

The government decided to go ahead with the project in 2005 to cut shipping distance by 350 nautical miles and for saving 10 to 30 hours of sailing.

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