Tamil Nadu Files Affidavit To Scrap Sethu Project

Sethu Project

The Tamil Nadu government has sought a direction from the Supreme Court to the Central government to accept the recommendations of the Expert Committee headed by Dr R K Pachauri on the Sethusamudram Ship Channel Project (SSCP). In an affidavit filed on April 29, Tamil Nadu sought a direction to the Centre not to take any action to implement the Sethusamudram project by adopting either Alignment 4A or Alignment 6. This, considering the eco-fragility of the surrounding area and the Gulf of Mannar and since the project is of questionable economic value and not in public interest.

Tamil Nadu contended that the Expert Committee headed by the scientist had studied the entire climatic, ecological and geological features and ocean current patterns in the Palk Strait in all seasons and concluded that it is unlikely that public interest would be served if the SSCP is implemented as per Alignment 4A.

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