P Senthil Saravana Durai
With the necessary guts, the Indian Government should look at the Sethu Samudram Project seriously. The Indian Government has already told the Supreme Court that alternative alignment for Sethu Samudram Project is not economically and ecologically feasible. It may be recalled that the court had asked the Indian Government and the Sethu Samudram Corporation to carry out dredging without causing any damage to Rama Sethu [Adam’s Bridge located in the project area].
On the whole, the SC stand on this big-ticket project is really a welcome step because it would not only control further public outcry over the project but also stop any hindrance to it. It is to be noted that the Sethu Samudram Canal Project would give larger benefits to the export and import sectors by reducing the travel distance and fuel of the ships leaving the Tuticorin Port. Therefore, the Indian Government and the other project developers should concentrate on the project without creating any chance for public outcry in keeping up with the court order.