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'Govt committed to implementing Sethusamudram project'

delhi Updated: May 29, 2009 19:30 IST

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Government on Friday said it is committed to implementing the controversial Sethusamudram Project after the Supreme Court delivers its verdict on the issue and that it was waiting for the R K Pachauri committee to submit its report.

After assuming office, Shipping Minister G K Vasan said the Rs 2,287 crore project will usher in economic development in Tamil Nadu and it should not be looked from a "political angle.

"This is one of the most important projects for Tamil Nadu and for the country. Sethusamudram is a dream project for Tamil Nadu. It will be my endeavour and the government's to complete the project for the economic development of the country particularly Tamil Nadu," Vasan told reporters.

He said the Government was waiting for the court verdict and a report from the expert-committee appointed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in July, 2008.

"The government is very clear that the Sethusamudram project should be through. It is a project which is going to be economically viable for the nation and Tamil Nadu," he said and hoped that the verdict will be in the interests of the country.

The Minister said the Government was only waiting for the court verdict and there was no specific delay in executing the project.

The Sethusamudram project is now stuck in the Supreme Court following a controversy over the dredging of Ram Sethu, a mythological bridge built by Lord Ram in Palk Strait.

The court directed the government to appoint a panel to look into whether the project can be implemented through an alternative route.

"The whole subject is in the court and we are waiting for a positive and early reply. There is a committee which is looking into the project. And we are waiting for the report," Vasan said when asked whether the government will implement the project through an alternative route.

He said that the Government would like to have a early start of the project and that the Shipping Ministry, which was clubbed with the Ministry of Road Transportation and Highways in the earlier government, will take all efforts to complete it.

"SSCP is a developmental project. We should not look at it from the political angle," he said when asked whether he will appeal to certain political parties that are opposed to the implementation of the project.