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Protest against Sethusamudran project
11 Aug, 2007, 1230 hrs IST, PTI
PUDUCHERRY: A 10-hour fast would be organised here on Sunday to protest against the Centre’s move to go ahead with the Sethusamudram Ship Channel Project.
Sadhus, leaders and members of the public would observe the fast to protest the move to destroy the revered Ramar Sethu, A V Sanil Kumar of Puducherry-based Rameswaram Ram Sethu Protection Movement (RRSPM), said in a statement here.
The RRSPM would organise the fast at Saram on the Puducherry-Tindivanam road here.
Those who had no no faith in God were spreading propaganda that there was no no structure called Ramar Sethu, he said.
“This is a mischievous campaign,” he said. There were indisputable proofs about its existence, he added.
Setusamudram: SC issues notice to Centre
August 11, 2007
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday issued notice to the Centre on a petition opposing the ongoing Setusamudram project, proposed to be implemented by ‘destroying’ Rama Setu, a mythical barrier situated south-east of Rameshwaram, connecting Talaimanar coast of Sri Lanka.
A Bench comprising Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan and Justice R V Raveendran sought Centre’s response within four weeks on the petition which contended that the century old bridge was man-made and needs to be protected under the Ancient Monument Preservation Act.
The Bench was hearing a petition filed by Swami Sri Vidyananda Bharatiji, a Dandi Monk of the Shakaracharya Order and local resident of Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu, now residing at Thirunelveli, who alleged that the project would adversely impact the environment.
Senior advocate K K Venugopal, appearing for the monk, said that National Institute of Ocean Technology, had been collecting the data about the setu since 1867 and there had been an opinion over the years that it could be a man-made bridge.
He said since it was a man-made structure and more than 100 years old, it was entitled for protection under the Act.
Additional Solicitor General R Mohan sought time from the Bench to file Centre’s response.
The Bench said it would hear the matter on August 31 with other related petitions including those which have been transferred to the apex court from Madras High Court.
VHP observes fast
Chennai, Aug. 12 (PTI): Stepping up their protest against the demolition of ‘Ramar sethu’ (Adam’s bridge) as part of the Sethusamudaram Shipping Canal Project, the VHP today observed a fast here.
Sri Visvesh Theertha Swamigal of Pejavar Mutt, Udipi, International working president of VHP, S Vedantam, RSS zonal secretary Sethu Madhavan, Janata party’s Tamil Nadu unit president Chandralekha and scores of VHP followers and others participated in the dawn-to-dusk fast, singing bhajans and keertanas.
Speaking to reporters, Vedantam said the project was not “useful in anyway.” “The Centre and State have hidden intentions in implementing the project,” he charged.
The fast was a nationwide one protesting the demolition of the Ramar sethu, believed to be built by Lord Rama, he said. Pamphlets issued by the ‘Rameswaram Ramsethu Protection Movement,’ the organisers of the fast, claim that destruction of the bridge would increase ‘tsunami’ threat to Tamil Nadu and Kerala, besides leading to threat to India’s security.
Marine resources will also be affected if the bridge was demolished,they claimed.
Protest against the completion of Sethusamudram project
Bangalore, August 12: Hundreds of protesters on Sunday urged the centre and Tamil Nadu governments to stall the implementation of Sethusamudram project to save the mythological ‘Rama Sethu’.
The protesters who began a day-long fast to press for their demand ridiculed the contention by some that Rama Sethu was man made.
The save Rama Sethu activists forcefully pleaded for protecting the mythological structure on which Hindus have abundant reverence.
The congregation urged the centre to set up an expert committee to suggest ways to save Rama Sethu and Dhanuskoti Kodandarama temles and change the naval route connecting
Indian coast with Talaimanar coast of Srilanka.
Former union minister and bjp national general secretary Anantkumar, veteran freedom figher H S Doreswamy naidu, well known writer Dr Chidananda Murthy, RSS national executive member Suryanarayana were among those who participated in the agitation held under the banner of Rameshwaram Sri Rama Sethu Rakshana Samithi.
Protest against Sethusamudram project
Bangalore, Aug 12: Hundreds of protesters on Sunday observed fast asking the Centre and Tamil Nadu governments to stall the implementation of Sethusamudram project in order to save the mythological ‘Ramar Sethu’ bridge.
The save Ramar Sethu activists, who began a day-long fast to press their demand, ridiculed the contention that Ramar Sethu was man-made. They also pleaded for protecting the mythological structure, which Hindus revere.
They urged the centre to set up an expert committee to suggest ways to save Ramar Sethu and Dhanushkoti Kodandarama temple and change the naval route connecting Indian coast with the Talaimanar coast of Sri Lanka.
Former Union Minister and BJP national general secretary Anantkumar, veteran freedom fighter H S Doreswamy Naidu, well known writer Chidananda Murthy and RSS national executive member Suryanarayana were among those who participated in the agitation, held under the banner of Rameshwaram Sri Rama Sethu Rakshana Samithi.
SC rebuffs plea on Rama Sethu
DH News Service, New Delhi: (August 11, 2007 Deccan Herald)
The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to concede to the arguments of a Hindu religious leader who prayed for stalling the implementation of the Setusamudram project proposed to be implemented by destroying the mythological Rama Sethu connecting the Indian coast with Talaimanar coast of Sri Lanka for the smooth passage of ships.
After hearing the arguments, a bench comprising Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan and Justice R V Raveendran posted the application for further hearing with the main petition which had been posted on August 31.
Senior Counsel K K Venugopal appearing for the applicant submitted that the project would destroy the Rama Sethu, which had been protected under the Ancient Monuments Act for the past 100 years.
The marine animals and plants, including the coral reefs would be destroyed by digging the sea bed, said Dandi Swami Sri Vidyanand Bharti in his application.
When Mr Venugopal said there are 18 volumes on the study of the Rama Setu and its environment, the court said, “These are your technical details and not authenticated by experts or authority.”
The Senior Counsel said there was a danger to the coastline which is thickly populated and many people are dependent on the sea near the Rama Sethu.
Senior Counsel Arun Jaitley had earlier submitted that it is a matter concerning environment rather than an archeological issue. The environmental clearance has been accorded for the Rs 2,427 crore project.
The PIL was filed by Rama Gopalan and Dr Subramanian Swamy which contended that the project would adversely affect the existence of the mythological bridge.
On the last date of hearing the Apex Court had directed the Madras High Court to send the matter to it for further hearing.