The Centre is all set to tell the Supreme Court that the report of the R K Pachauri committee, which has suggested an alternative route to the mythological Ram Sethu for the Sethusamudram project,

The Supreme Court granted six weeks’ time to the Central government to communicate its stand on the Sethusamudram project.

The Centre is planning to reject the Pachauri panel report on the Sethusamudram project and set up a new committee to re-examine ‘Alignment 4A’ suggested by the Supreme Court.

The alternative alignment (4A) for the Sethusamudram Ship Channel Project without cutting across the Adams Bridge or Ram Setu is not economically and ecologically feasible, according to a report of the expert committee headed by R. K. Pachauri submitted by the Centre in the Supreme Court.

The committee was constituted to consider whether the project could be implemented through the alternative alignment (4A) that would cut through the spit of land just east of Dhanushkodi. Work on the present alignment (No.6), which cuts through the Ram Setu, was stayed by the Supreme Court in the wake of considerable opposition to the project.

The government today told the Supreme Court that a high-level committee has suggested that an alternative alignment – other than the mythological Ram Sethu – for the Sethusamudram project was not e

Avoids Giving National Monument Status To Geographical Feature In Palk Strait.

The Centre came up with a blank today on whether to declare Ram Setu in the Palk Strait a national monument, leaving the Supreme Court with no option but to interpret the government’s silence as it

Sri Lanka - An overview of key environmental issues.

The Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka (formerly known as Ceylon) is an island in the Indian Ocean about 28 kilometers (18 mi.) off the southeastern coast of India, in a strategic location near major Indian Ocean sea lanes.

It will assess ocean current patterns and will be completed by middle of 2011

SCIENTIFIC SPIRIT:Rajendra Kumar Pachauri, Director-General TERI, laying the foundation stone for MARG Science Park near Marakkanam on Thursday. G.R.K.