Rama Setu: GoM deadlocked, no decision yet

Deadlock over Ram Setu persists; GoM fails to take decision
25 Feb 2008, 2047 hrs ISTclip_image001,clip_image002PTI

NEW DELHI: The deadlock over the controversial Sethusamudram project appears to persist, with a Group of Ministers (GoM) set up to resolve the issue on Monday failing to finalise the Centre’s stand on it.
“Nothing has been finalised yet. It will take some more time,” Shipping Minister T R Baalu told reporters after the meeting of the GoM headed by External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee.

Baalu and Culture Minister Ambika Soni are reportedly at loggerheads over the Sethusamudram project.

While the Shipping Ministry wants to go ahead with the project, Soni has been insisting on detailed archaeological survey as per international norms before taking any decision on the project which is being opposed by Hindu groups.

“I have submitted my views on the project in writing,” Soni said after the meeting.

She, however, refused to divulge any details on what transpired in the meeting that was also attended by Law Minister H R Bharadwaj, Science and Technology Minister Kapil Sibal and Finance Minister P Chidambaram.

The Supreme Court on January 31 granted another four weeks extension to the Centre to file affidavits related to the project and these have to be filed by the first week of March.




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