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Tuesday, 26 November 2013 - 12:52
SL sends its opinion on Sethu Samudram canal to Indian Supreme Court
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The petition against the proposed Sethu Samudram canal across the Palk Strait and the Mannar bay between Sri Lanka and India will be taken for trial in the Supreme Court of India today.

Environmental organizations accuse the construction of this 45-mile long canal could make a massive ecological disaster in the area.

The Indian government plans is to use this 167-kilometre canal to bring closer the Eastern and the Western coasts of the sub continent.

The proposed canal, if constructed, will destroy the mythical Ram Sethu Bridge thereby separating the historical road connection which is believed to be existed between Sri Lanka and India in the pre-historic era.

The Hindu newspaper reported that the Sri Lankan government had also submitted to the Indian government a detailed report explaining the imminent damage due to the construction of Sethu Samudram.

The newspaper further added that the report prepared by Sri Lankan environmental experts had warned of the colossal damage that could change the environmental impact in the area.

The Sri Lankan experts have also pointed out the proposal to demolish the historic Ram Sethu or Adam’s bridge could bring a cultural and sentimental disaster to many people in South Asia.

The stance of Sri Lanka with regard to the Sethu Samudram project was revealed following questions raised by Indian journalists regarding the case heard in the Indian Supreme Court.

However, a spokesperson for the Ministry of External Affairs stated that Sri Lanka has not compiled a new report regarding the Sethu Samudram canal.

Sri Lanka had informed India of its stance in 2008 when preparations to build the canal were being made.

Meanwhile, certain Indian analysts are stating that building of such canals without the agreement of Sri Lanka is a violation of the maritime laws of the United Nation.

Reports state that former leader of the Indian People’s Party Subramaniam Swami has informed the Indian government of this fact.
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