Participants: Dr. Subramanian Swamy, Shri L. Ganesan, Shri D. Raja (CPI, nominee Rajya Sabha MP from Tamilnadu), Dr. S. Kalyanaraman.
Centre today made an open offer to provide rock and soil samples from the Adam's Bridge region of the controversial Sethusamdram project for carrying out scientific tests.
"There is an open offer. We will provide samples collected from the area to persons wanting to carry out tests independently," Minister of Earth Sciences Kapil Sibal told reporters. Sibal said the present alignment of the Sethusamudram project has been arrived at after detailed scientific and environmental tests.
"The present alignment is the best we can have," he said. Sibal said utmost care has been taken to in the planning and execution of the project to ensure the least impact on the coasts of India and Sri Lanka.
"The Sethusamudram Ship Channel is located at a distance of more than 20 Km from Shingle Island of Gulf of Mannar near Dhanuskodi," N K Raghupathy, Chairman and Managing Director of Sethusamudram Corporation Limited said making a presentation on the project here. Raghupathy, who also heads the Tuticorin Port Trust, said the project managers will not use blasting technology for dredging activity along the entire length of the project.
Also reported by DailyIndia.