Skip to comments.US heritage body wants Ram Setu preserved
Posted on 06/09/2007 1:32:11 AM PDT by CarrotAndStick
World Monuments Fund favours garnering public support on this ancient bridge
Government can make it a tourist attraction, say experts World Monuments Fund, an international preservation organisation that brings out World Monuments Watch List of endangered sites, has said that the Government of India should be made to realise that it's more valuable to preserve Ram Setu or Adam's Bridge than demolishing it.
Marilyn Perry, chairman of the fund, said in an interview on the sidelines of the function to release the list of endangered sites of the world in its New York Madison Avenue office that the Federal Government could consider sending scuba divers underwater to collect sand deposits and analyse them in the laboratory. "The Government could leave the disputed area untouched and make it as a tourist attraction by sending tourists in glass bottom boats to see what's inside the sea. That could compensate for whatever is the revenue loss of diversion. They could also invite international team of scuba divers to come and take underwater photography and tests to find out whether the rock formations still exit. It's easy to demolish but hard to construct anything again," she said.
Agreeing that the fund is not a world policeman and its requests may fell on deaf ears, she said an alternative vision of the value which Government officials may not see should be created. "They often only see the water and the revenue and not the archaeological importance beneath the sea. The organisers of the movement could use mass media such as television and also make a film and show to the people to create awareness. We have to create enough documentation that the bridge was ancient and that it's sacred to both India and Sri Lanka as it demonstrates historic connections. Instead of being frightened of the national Government, the organisers should mobilise local people to support the movement. You always need local support and can't do anything without them."
On listing Ram Setu as an endangered historical monument, she said unfortunately the nomination for this year was already over. "The question is how to find a mechanism in this case to publicise it extensively to gather public opinion. We need to know how the Sri Lankan Government and people feel about the demolition. There is no question of wrong and the right in any issue and the answer is finding consensus. How much can we save or whether there are any alternatives to the project without destruction. The Government could be made to realise that it's more valuable to preserve the site. Often, the fund may not be able to convince the Governments as we do not don policemen's role. We could not stop the construction of a dam in Turkey as the Government would not listen to us. The dam would flood some of the great archaeological sites yet the Government was adamant," she said.
Bonnie Burnham, president of the Fund, said the movement against the project should be tenacious in getting the public voice heard. "If we could convince the Federal Government on Taj Mahal which would have been affected by developments, I am sure we can find a way out for this issue too. Fortunately, lot of heritage bodies in India came together and provided their support to stop an action that would have had an adverse negative impact on the world monument. Joint voices really do make a difference. The organisers should rope in bodies like INTACH," she added.
"In India, I hope there will be a much greater development of NGOs at local level. There is no more awareness now and private sector can really play a role. Heritage of India is too rich for the Government to take care of by itself. Voice of the private sector will have a clout on such matters. In India as of now, it's really not easy for foreign NGOs to get established due to extremely laborious legal process. There are not strong incentives for philanthropy. Changing laws related to both the issues would have a huge impact and there is very strong interest among foreign NGOs to get involved with India's heritage. There is no infrastructure that supports the Government efforts. No community exists that does not have something important to say on Indian heritage," she added.
The Sethu-Samudram Shipping Canal Project proposes linking the Palk Bay and the Gulf of Mannar between India and Sri Lanka by creating a shipping canal through the shallow sea sometimes called Setu Samudram, and through the island chain of Rama’s Bridge, also known as Adam’s Bridge. This would provide a continuous navigable sea route around the Indian Peninsula. The project involves digging a 44.9 nautical mile (83 km) long deepwater channel linking the shallow water of the Palk Strait with the Gulf of Mannar. Conceived as early as 1860 by Alfred Dundas Taylor, it recently received approval of the Indian government.
A ferry service linking the island and port of Rameswaram in India with Talaimannar in Sri Lanka has been suspended for some time due to the fighting between Sri Lankan government forces and the Sri Lankan Tamil separatist group, the LTTE.
Possibly conceived in 1860 by Commander A. D. Taylor of the Indian Marines, the project has been reviewed many times over the years but no decision was ever made. It was part of the election manifestos of all political parties during elections. The Union Government of India appointed the Sethu Samudram Project Committee in 1955, headed by Dr. A. Ramasamy Mudaliar, which was charged with the duty of examining the desirability of the project. After evaluating the costs and benefits, this committee found the project feasible and viable. Several reviews of the proposals followed. Finally, the United Progressive Alliance Government of India headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced the inauguration of the project on June 2, 2005.
I found this on Wikipedia:
“Recently the Government of India has approved a multi-million dollar Sethusamudram Shipping Canal Project that aims to create a ship channel across the Palk Strait. The plan is to dredge the shallow ocean floor near the Dhanushkodi end of Rama’s Bridge to create enough leeway allowing ships to pass through the channel instead of having to go around the island of Sri Lanka. It is expected to save nearly 30 hours’ shipping time by cutting over 400 km off the voyage.”
400km divided by 30 hours = 13.33 kmp/h = 7.2 kts. So it sounds like we’re talking about dredging a channel for dhows and not real ships. Doesn’t look worth it to me.
There’s still nothing in there about the depth of the proposed channel, only the length, and the depth is what will determine the size of the vessels transiting.
I can see an advantage for traffic coming straight down the east coast of India. The idea that there is any advantage for traffic coming from China is stupid.
I think so too... perhaps dhows and small ships form the majority of the sea-borne traffic?
...and, I “care” because....???
Agreed. If it’s all internal waters, it’s their choice.
Excellent question. If you don't know then get the f**k out of here.
“...and, I care because....???
Excellent question. If you don’t know then get the f**k out of here.”
Nice, thoughtful reply.
“here” being what, YOUR thread...??? “YOUR” website...???
“f**k” being what, ME....???
I STILL don’t “get” WHY I’m supposed to be losing sleep over this, TOUGH GUY...!!!
[USN, 1967-70, ETN-2, Honorably Discharged]
You're joking, right?
Go back and read your original post to the thread, #7.
Then come back and tell me how "thoughtful" it was and how much it added to the discussion.
Thanks for your service.
“Nice, thoughtful reply.
You’re joking, right?
Go back and read your original post to the thread, #7.
Then come back and tell me how “thoughtful” it was and how much it added to the discussion.
Thanks for your service.”
Enough lectures for the day...it was a QUESTION...and NOT directed to YOU....now, WAS it...???
Suck on my service...!!!
I wasn’t TRYING to “add” anything....OR subtract for that matter. I simply don’t “get” all the hubbub..
Now, if someone ELSE would care to elaborate...
Am I supposed to get all lathered up because:
1. Adam won’t be able to use his bridge any more.
2. The Sri Lankans are improving their ocean travel routes.
3. Coral will die an unnatural death and we’re all doomed.
4. Some UN minded NGO is sticking their nose where it doesn’t belong.
5. Nuke Subs will have a new place to play.
6. Atlantis will rise from the ocean and dominate the planet.
Which IS it...???
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