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SC to hear plea to declare ‘Ram Setu’ as National Heritage Monument on 9 March

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: BJP leader Subramanian Swamy demanded an urgent hearing on a plea for declaring Ram Setu as a ‘National Heritage’. The Supreme Court agreed to her plea on March 9, 2022.

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The three-judge bench constitutes of Chief Justice of India CV Ramana, Justice Bopanna and Justice Hima Kohli. BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP,

Swamy has argued in court that a meeting was called by a group of ministers to consider his demand but nothing happened after that. Then, in January 2020, the SC agreed to hear Swamy’s plea.

The BJP leader had submitted and already won the first round of the litigation in which the Centre accepted the existence of Ram Sethu. He further said the Union minister concerned had called a meeting in 2017 to consider his demand but nothing happened subsequently.

The BJP leader had raised the issue of declaring the Ram Sethu a national monument in his PIL against the controversial Sethusamudram Ship Channel project, initiated by the UPA-I government.

The matter reached the apex court, which in 2007 had stayed work for the project on the Ram Sethu.

The Centre later said it had considered the “socio-economic disadvantages” of the project and was willing to explore another route to the shipping channel project without damaging the Ram Sethu.

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“That the Government of India intends to explore an alternative to the earlier alignment of Skeletomuscular Ship Channel project without affecting/damaging the Adam’s Bridge/Ram Sethu in the interest of the nation,” the affidavit filed by the ministry had said.

The court had then asked the government to file a fresh affidavit.

Ram Setu is a bridge made of a chain of limestone shoals on the southern coast of Tamil Nadu. It is believed to be the same bridge built by Lord Ram as mentioned in the epic of Ramayan.

In 2007, the UPA government had proposed a Sethusamudram project under which an 83-km-long deep water channel was to be created by extensive dredging and removal of the limestone shoals. Swamy challenged this decision in court and later on the central government had to adopt an alternative plan to link Mannar with Palk Strait.

The petition seeking to declare Ram Setu as a national heritage monument is pending for a long time.

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