Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Government forms a Ram Setu committee not in conformity to Court undertakings

Times Of India, CHENNAI, 6 Oct 2007.

Expressing dismay over not being consulted by the Centre while constituting an advisory committee to review the Sethu Samudaram project, the Rameswaram Ram Setu Protection movement on Saturday said the formation of the committee was not in conformity with the undertakings given by the government in the Supreme Court.

The movement, which is spearheading a struggle against demolition of Ram Setu (Adam's Bridge) for the project, in a press release said the committee, headed by S Ramachandran, Madras University Vice Chancellor, did not include experts from the Geological Survey of India, Seismology, ecosystem, tsunami and mariners or fishermen.

The movement demanded that an independent commission be constituted by the Supreme Court under its direction and supervision to monitor the undertakings given by the government to it.

It said the committee constituted by the Centre had some members, who owed allegiance to the project authorities and are associated with the Union Shipping Ministry.

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