New Delhi: The Tamil Nadu government has urged the Supreme Court to direct the central government not to proceed with the implementation of the Sethu Samudram Shipping Channel Project in the Palk Strait. The channel will facilitate navigation between India's east and west coasts.
In his affidavit before the apex court, Tamil Nadu government's chief secretary said that besides its questionable economic viability, the shipping channel project would adversely affect the extreme eco-fragility of the surrounding area. The state government said that shipping channel project was not in public interest.
The Tamil Nadu government sought the court's direction to the centre to "give careful consideration and to accept" the conclusion and recommendation of Dr RK Pachauri's report. The affidavit filed April 15, 2013, urged the apex court bench of Justice HL Dattu and Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar to direct the centre to declare Rama Sethu as a national monument and stay away from currying out any activity which may affect it.
Justice Dattu and Justice Khehar directed the listing of the matter for final hearing in August. In its report, Rajender Pachauri's Committee said that the alternate alignment for building Sethu Samudram Ship channel, while saving the mythical Rama Sethu, was "neither ecologically nor economically" feasible....more
04:49 AM, Apr 30, 2013
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on June 8 issued a notice to the Rajasthan government on a petition alleging that despite a ban, illegal mining was continuing in the state's Alwar district. An apex court vacation bench of Justice S.Radhakrishnan and Justice JS Khehar issued a notice on the petition of NGO Society for Awareness and Development, which said that despite the 2005 and 2010 bans, illegal mining was going...
02:01 PM, Jun 08, 2012