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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 77

Swamy writes to PM: Put on hold Sethu project till analysis completes

By Gopal Ethiraj, Chennai

Chennai, 19 June ( Janata Party President Subramanian Swamy has asked Prime Minister

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Manmohan Singh to issue a directive putting the Sethusamudram Shipping Channel Project (SSCP) on hold till all analysis were carried out.In a letter to Manmohan Singh, a copy of which was released to media here, he claimed that the SSCP was conceived and inaugurated without the Ministry of Shipping doing the basic tectonic survey and risk analysis about the possible effects of tectonic changes in Gulf of Manar and Palk Strait as stated by National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) in its report.

He said he had suggested an alternative to SSCP by converting Tuticorin port into an international container port, connecting to Calcutta by a railway line along coastal areas. ‘This is cost effective and would generate more employment’.

Work on SSCP has been stalled as Supreme Court has reserved its order on the project and appointed an expert Committee headed by noted environmentalist R K Pachauri. The court was moved on the grounds that the present alignment would damage the ‘Ramar Sethu,’ a bridge believed to have been constructed by Lord Ram.

“On my return, I will visit all 30 district headquarters and campaign to create a new political situation in the State by the 2011 Assembly elections.” he said. “Due to the friendly relations between Janata Party and BJP, they will be an important force in the 2011 Assembly elections. They have united on the ideology of creating an Indian identity based on Hindutva.”

Off to teaching stint at Harvard

Dr. Swamy left today for the States on a teaching assignment. He is once again invited to teach Economics at Harvard University this summer semester, which starts from June 22 and goes up to August 9. He would teach mathematical methods in economics and economic development of India and China.

“I will also visit Washington in mid-July to meet senior US officials to discuss the post-LTTE situation in Sri Lanka”, he told media persons here. Being invited to visit China again, ‘I will go to Beijing in September’, he said.

- Asian Tribune -

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