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The Supreme Court declared that the mythical bridge connecting India and Sri Lanka, ‘Ram Sethu’, will not be damaged and find out some alternate route for Sethusamudram Canal Project- a shipping channel between India and Lanka; as ‘Ram Sethu’ involves the sentiments of many.
The Union Ministry of Shipping in an affidavit sent to the court informed that the Indian government intends to explore an alternative of the earlier alignment of Sethusamudram Ship Channel project without causing any damage to the ‘Ram Sethu’ in the purpose of safeguarding the interest of the nation.
Millions of Hindus believe that Ram Sethu was built by Lord Ram with help of his army of monkeys to rescue his wife Sita, who was abducted by King Ravana. It is a continuous stretch of limestone shoals that runs from Pamban Island near Rameshwaram in South India to Mannar Island off the northern coast of Sri Lanka, which was thought of breaking to make the way for Sethusamudram shipping canal project.
The Supreme Court, last year in November granted time to the centre to provide arguments in support of its stand to cut through the Ram Sethu for the project. Under the project, a 83 km long deep water channel would have been created which could link Mannar with Palk Strait, but for that the the removal of limestone shoals were necessary. In December 2017, a US Science Channel ran a show named “Ancient Land Bridge”, in which it claimed that Ram Sethu is not a natural bridge, rather a man made bridge, after a research including the images from NASA and studies of scientists from Indiana University Northwest, University of Colorado Boulder and Southern Oregon University. On the event of the trailer of the show got viral in India, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad mocked the previous Congress government, as Kapil Sibal the Union Minister in 2007 said that there is no scientific evidence that Ram Sethu is man made, but he supported the people’s belief on it.
Meanwhile, when the protest uproared, the Congress-led government had withdrawn its affidavit in Court.
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