Rama Setu: Go for MEZ more profitable than Setu Channel

Rama Setu: Go for MEZ more profitable than Setu Channel

MEZ more profitable than Sethu Project

Deccan Chronicle, Chennai, Dec. 14, 2004

A Marine Economic Zone (MEZ) along the Palk Straits and Gulf of mannar will bring in unprecedented economic prosperity for more thaqn 2 million traditional fishermen in the southern districts of Tamil Nadu, according to Dr. S. Kalyanaraman, former executive, Asian Development bank. A study done by him for more than three years has found that the MEZ would bring more economic and social development than the controversial Sethusamudram Ship Channel Project.

India’s foreign exchange earnings through the export of marine products in 2006-07 was Rs. 8,363.53 crores, “More than 25 percent of this earning, or over 2,000 crores was made by exports from Nagapattinam, Thiruvarur, Pudukottai, Ramanathapuram, Thuthookudi and Kanyakumari districts,” said Dr. Kalyanaraman in his concept note.

Dr. Kalyanaraman, a specialist in development economics, said MEZ was distinct and different from the proposed Special Economic Zones (SEZ). “While the SEZs lead to displacement of people from fertile agricultural lands for setting up industrial megapolis, MEZs are conceived as cooperatives of small fishermen and small-scale marine product processing units on the long coastline of the country,” he pointed out. Dr. Kalyanaraman said MEZ was meant for using marine resources while SEZ replaced cultivable land to promote industry. “It does not involve displacement of any existing industry.”


Rama Setu: book in Tamil released

December 13, 2007


Tracing history: L. Ganesan (centre), Bharatiya Janata Party State president, receiving the first copy of “Rama Setu” brought out by Rameswaram Ramsetu Protection Movement, from S. Kalyanaraman, national president of the Movement, at the BJP office in Chennai on Tuesday. D. Kuppuramu, national secretary, is seen in the picture.
Points from Press-note

  1. Rama Setu links not only the Gulf of Mannar and the Palk Bay but also the minds and sentiments of about one billion Hindus the world-over. Rama is our nation’s identity. There is no history or culture of Bharatam, without Rama. This is why, Mahatma Gandhi called his vision, Rama Rajyam.
  2. Every day reports appear and people are talking about the adverse consequences of the Central Setu channel project on Rama Setu and on livelihood of coastal people.
  3. In this situation, there has been a demand for a compilation of the truths and evidences on the issues involved. This booklet, “Rama Setu” fulfils this demand.
  4. This booklet presents many perspectives related to Rama Setu. Opinions of many scientists of many disciplines and experts are highlighted in this booklet. In the courts and to the Govt. committee, over 8000 pages of evidences were submitted and this booklet presents a succinct summary of these documents. Recognizing these truths and respecting the sentiments of people, Rama Setu should be protected. Rama Setu should be declared an ancient monument of the nation and Rameswaram should be declared as a divyakshetram.
  5. Government should abandon the project which is NOT feasible from an engineering/economic point of view, a project which adversely impacts on national security, a project which destroys the eco-resources of the ocean and the base of livelihood of marine people living on the coastal regions.
  6. Protecting the natural endowments and wealth of the ocean, providing new avenues for improving the livelihood of marine people, a sustainable development programme should be initiated by establishing Marine Economic Zones (MEZs). Projects for the MEZs should be formulated by the Central Government in consultation with the people involved and experts. These projects will improve employment opportunities and provide for economic development of Tamilnadu.
  7. This booklet, Rama Setu, will have served its purpose if such projects are implemented, making a revolutionary break for economic development to achieve a prosperous and developed nation.




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