Rameswaram to Dhanushkodi railway line to be extended till Ram Setu, centre gives nod to the project!

Saving the Ram sethu was one of the biggest blessings for India. The Ram sethu which was planned to be demolished by the late DMK chief Karunanidhi claiming that the presence of Ram sethu was a fiction. He brought a new project which would have demolished the entire structure for which the UPA government had given nod.

But after the Modi government came to power, the Union Minister for Shipping Nitin Gadkari in Lok Sabha assured that the government will never harm the Ram Sethu. The centre also submitted an affidavit where they claimed that the government will not touch Ram Sethu for the implementation of the Sethusamudram Ship Channel Project.

The government said cutting a route through the Ram Sethu, also known as Adam’s Bridge, would be a cause for “socio-economic disadvantage”.

This is part of a one-page affidavit filed by the Shipping Ministry almost four years after the Supreme Court asked the government to “come clean” on the choice of the project’s route and whether it would damage the Ram Sethu.

The Union Ministry of Shipping, in its affidavit, told a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra that the PIL filed by BJP leader Dr Subramanian Swamy against the Sethusamudram project can now be disposed off by taking note of its stand. That the government of India intends to explore an alternative to the earlier alignment of Sethusamudram Ship Channel project without affecting/damaging the Adam’s Bridge/Ram Sethu in the interest of the nation,” the affidavit filed by the ministry said.

There was a long pending request from many people to declare Ram Sethu as a National monument and turn the site as a heritage tourist spot. Seems like the requests are now yielding results as the  centre has now extended the railway link from Dhanushkodi  to Ram sethu. This is a major step taken by the government which will help the tourism industry in the place.

The Central government on Wednesday approved the extension of Dhanushkodi railway line till Rama Setu. The railway link is around 18 KM long and stretches from Rameswaram to Dhanushkodi. Indian Railways will start the construction of Rs 208 crore project as early as the next month.

Further, the Narendra Modi-led government has also given its nod to the construction of a bridge, which would be running parallel to 104-year-old Pamban Bridge, joining Rameswaram to mainland India. The cost of constructing the bridge is being estimated to be Rs 250 crore.

A welcome step which will cheer the most people who have been planning to visit Ram sethu especially after it received a world wide publicity confirming that the bridge was man made and not natural.

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