New Delhi: In line with BJP-led government's stand not to demolish 'Ram Sethu', the government is in the process of exploring an alternative route for the launch of Sethusamudram Ship Canal Project (SSCP).
Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari on Friday hinted that government has almost firmed up a solution to implement the Sethusamudram shipping canal project without demolishing 'Ram Sethu'.
Union Surface Transport and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday said there was no question of demolishing 'Rama Sethu' while implementing the Sethusamudram Shipping Channel Project and asserted it would be done without harming the environment.
The Centre has brushed aside the objections raised by the Tamil Nadu Government against the Rs 25,000 crore Sethusamudram shipping channel project by telling the Supreme Court that it intends to go ahead with the venture as the expert panel headed by RK Pachauri has not come out with tenable and scientific data.
Senior BJP leader VK Malhotra appealed to PM Manmohan Singh to reject RK Pachauri Committee`s report suggesting that an alternate route aimed to protect Ram Sethu, also called Adams Bridge, was not an acceptable option.