‘Thorium reserves to be disturbed if Ramar Sethu is destroyed’
Chennai, Aug. 5 (PTI): The Vishwa Hindu Parishad today claimed that deposits of thorium, important for the nuclear energy programme, would be disturbed if the ‘Ramar Sethu’ was “destroyed” by the Sethusamduram canal project.
Addressing a press conference here, VHP working president S Vedantham said there were about 3.64 lakh tonnes of thorium deposits at Manavalakurichi in Tamil Nadu, Aluva and Chavara in Kerala and Chatrapura in Orissa.
“If Ramar Sethu is demolished, thorium deposits in Tamil Nadu will be washed off into international waters or submerged in the ocean in the event of a tsunami. In that case, retrieval of the mineral will become an expensive proposition,” he claimed.
As India had rich thorium resources and the technology to use it, the US was pressuring the Centre to speedily implement the Sethusamudram project, he alleged.
“We suspect an international conspiracy to prevent India from becoming a nuclear power as the thorium deposits will meet the country’s requirement for 400 years,” Vedantham said.
He urged the Centre to review amendments made to the Mines Act to allow private players into mining and to exclude strategic minerals from private mining operations in view of the nation’s strategic nuclear programme.
Vedantham also alleged the LTTE was involved in mining thorium at Pulmothai near Triconomalee in Sri Lanka and expressed apprehension that the Sethusamudram channel would facilitate two-way trafficking of the mineral.
http://newstodaynet.com/05aug/05pg7-8.jpg VHP working president S Vedantam
addressing a press conference in Chennai today.
Chennai: Aug. 5, 2007
The Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) will organise a one-day token fast and rally on 12 August besides intensifying protest on saving Ram Sethu.
Addressing mediapersons here today, working president, VHP, S Vedantam said that the Tamilnadu government and the Sethu Samudram Canal Project (SSCP) officials had the least regard and respect for the public opinion.
Referring the Madras High Court’s observations on declaring Ram Sethu as a heritage monument, he said it was condemnable that the Central Government had bulldozed 20 percent of the structures.
He wanted to know why the chairman of SSCP did not cite the report of the Central government that pre-historic human activity in Ram Sethu was a fact during his recent press briefing.
He also raised apprehensions that by dredging Ram Sethu, the thorium deposits would be fully depleted. ‘This is a ploy of the US in not allowing us to become a super power,’ the VHP leader said pointing to the unabated continuity in the dredging activity.
Besides this a special campaign ‘Rameswaram Chalo,’ to stop the dredging work is being organised throughout the nation by the VHP, Vedantam said. On 26 August, lakhs of devotees would assemble at Rameswaram and take pledge to save Ram Sethu and stop dredging work.
The rally and token fast across the country on 12 August would be organised under the leadership of Pejawar Mutt Swami and Vedantam in Chennai Marina beach.
Chennai, August 5: Giving a scientific angle to its stance against the demolition of Ramar Sethu (Adam’s bridge) under the Sethusamudram Shipping Canal Project (SSCP), the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) today cautioned that rich deposits of thorium, considered important for energy independence, would be disturbed if the Ramar Sethu was destroyed.
VHP to organise nationwide token fast
Chennai, August 5: The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) will organise a nationwide token fast on August 12 to protest against demolition of Ramar Sethu (Adam’s bridge) in the Palk Strait under the Sethusamudram Shipping Canal Project (SSCP).
Addressing a press conference here today, VHP International Working President S Vedantham said about 20 per cent of Ramar Sethu had been demolished, despite the Madras High Court’s recent observation that the Centre could preserve it as a national heritage monument.
“This showed that they have scant regard for the High Court’s observation. It has set a wrong precedence and is highly condemnable. We suspect that there is an ulterior motive in implementing the project hastily,” he said.
Vedantham said the Udupi Pejawar Mutt head would lead the hunger protest on the sands of Marina here.
Vedantham said the VHP would also organise a ‘Rameswaram Chalo’ agitation, under which lakhs of Ram devotees and mutt heads would converge on Rameswaram on August 26 and take a pledge to make any sacrifice to protect Ramar Sethu.
Refuting the SSCP Chairman’s recent claim that US space agency NASA had concluded that Ramar Sethu was not man made, he said NASA had clarified, in response to an e-mail by the outfit, that their information was based solely on astronaut photography dataset, which did not provide information on the age, subsurface structure or composition of islands in the Palk Straits.
He said NASA had clarified that “to interpret our response as if it is a scientifically rigorous conclusion as to the nature of Palk Strait islands is both misinterpretation and misreporting and thus inappropriate.” (Agencies)
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