For many devout Hindus the government of India’s plans to build a canal over the Ram Sethu bridge in the Indian Ocean has touched a raw nerve.
The Ram Sethu bridge or Adam’s bridge is a natural formation of calcium deposits that was formed by natural sedimentation over millions of years. However, in Hindu mythology the bridge holds an important position. It is revered as the bridge which Ram built to reach Lanka and fight the famous battle with the demon king Ravan in an effort to save his queen Sita. Hindus around the world have united to save the ancient structure. If you want to save Ram Sethu, you can visit the Save Ram Sethu website at http://www.ramsethu.org/.
The Indian government plans to build a Sethusamudram shipping canal, which it claims will boost the economic and industrial development of coastal Tamil Nadu. The canal is supposed to reduce time and distance and provide a cheaper trade route. However, environmentalists are worried about other pressing environmental issues that the destruction of the bridge would bring about.
Keeping an open mind about it the Prime Minister of India has said that India would be ready to consider changes if it was found that the bridge adversely affects the environment.