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Lok Sabha adjourned till tomorrow over Sethusamundram issue

The Lok Sabha was adjourned till tomorrow as the Bharatiya Janata Party Member of Parliament (MP) today raised furore over the construction of Sethusamundram Ship Canal Project (SSCP) across Palk Bay.

New Delhi, May 16 : The Lok Sabha was adjourned till tomorrow as the Bharatiya Janata Party Member of Parliament (MP) today raised furore over the construction of Sethusamundram Ship Canal Project (SSCP) across Palk Bay.

BJP MPs demanded that project must be scrapped as it would destroy the ancient bridge built by Lord Rama.

BJP leader V K Malhotra said the alignment of the project would "destroy the Ram Setu" and would hurt "religious sentiments of the Hindus".

However, Shipping and Transport Minister T R Baalu said "none of the studies and investigations conducted so far has produced any tangible scientific evidence of any man-made structure in the area."

"In the absence of any clinching evidence, none of the successive governments, including the NDA government, have either declared or initiated action to declare the project site or parts thereof as Monument of National Importance," he said.

Baalu also said: "There is no question of damage being caused to any such heritage by the implementation of this project."

The Sethusamundram proposes linking the Palk Bay and the Gulf of Mannar between India and Sri Lanka by creating a shipping canal through the shallow sea. This would provide a continuous navigable sea route around the Indian Peninsula.

The project involves digging a 44.9 nautical mile (83 km) long deepwater channel linking the shallow water of the Palk Strait with the Gulf of Mannar. Conceived as early as 1860 by Alfred Dundas Taylor, it recently received approval of the Government of India.

ANI

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