Saturday, August 4, 2007

August 4, 2007 A Detailed Study Necessary : ISRO Chief

The noted space scientist and chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Dr Madhavan Nair said that a detailed study was necessary to determine whether the Ram Setu (Adam's Bridge), the ancient structure between India and Sri Lanka, was manmade or not.

"Satellite images showed the existence of an almost continuous structure just below the surface of the sea, sometimes barely a few feet, between the two countries. However, the composition of the structure is not known. A thorough investigation will be necessary to find out what it is made of," he said.

ISRO Chief was addressing a press conference to inform that India would be launching its satellite "Chandrayan" by middle of next year, carrying out scientific experiments on moon, (
Hindustan Times reports.)

In the meanwhile, defying all hopes, prayers, appeals, and even disregarding the observations of the Honerable Court, Government is forging ahead with destruction of the sacred monument. The project website reported that as on Aug 2, 2007, the total quantity of 9.35 million cubic meter has already been dredged till August 2, 2007, out of total estimated 48.05 Million cum from the Setu Area. This translates into the destruction status of 19.46%.

This is despite the observations of the Madras High Court on June 19, 2007 that:

"We are not inclined to grant interim relief at this stage, as it would hamper further work in the project. However, we leave it to the Union of India to decide whether the actual cutting of Adams Bridge/Rama Sethu could be postponed till the issues involved in these petitions are considered by this Court."

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