BJP chief spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said, “The government’s affidavit is not the last word. The Ram Sethu is not a simple architectural symbol. It has the cult status of a deity.”
A bunch of petitions opposing the project are pending before SC since 2007 for adjudication. Work on the Sethusamudram project stopped after SC ordered a stay against the dredging work. It had then constituted the Pachauri committee to study an alternative route. The committee, however, called for scrapping the project.
In its affidavit the government further stated it had already incurred Rs. 829.32 crore on the project as on June 30, 2012. . The work commenced after environmental clearances and was based on well-researched technical studies. The Sethusamudram project, the shipping channel is proposed to be 30 metres wide, 12 metres deep and 167 kms long.