No question of demolishing Ram Sethu: Nitin Gadkari1 min read . Updated: 15 Sep 2014, 06:26 PM IST
The Centre has tasked state-owned RITES with preparing alternatives to save the structure while constructing the Sethusuamudram shipping canal
New Delhi: Shipping minister Nitin Gadkari on Monday asserted that the Ram Sethu structure will not be demolished for the construction of the Sethusamudram shipping canal project.
“There is no question of demolition of the Ram Sethu," he said in a press conference to mark the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government’s 100 days in office.
The central government has given RITES Ltd, a state-owned consultancy organization in the transport infrastructure sector, the task of preparing alternatives to save the structure, which holds religious significance for Hindus.
“We had given the work to RITES for providing us with the alternatives, we have received their suggestions and will take this matter to the cabinet for its consideration in a month’s time," Gadkari said.
Last month, the minister had said in Parliament that his ministry would make efforts to see that the navigation system is put in place without damaging the structure.
The proposal to build the Sethusamudram shipping canal project for dredging was for navigation of large ships and creating fishing and shipping harbours in the coastal areas. PTI