Swamy urges Centre to go for economically viable projects

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Chennai, Jan 27 (UNI) Janata Party President Subramaniam Swamy today urged the Centre to drop its adamant attitude on the Sethusamudram Shipping Channel Project (SSCP) and instead go for economically more viable projects for the development of the country.

Speaking at a CD release function on SSCP, he pointed out the various set backs on implementing the project.

He referred to the recent directions of the Supreme Court on the conduct of 'Jallikattu' (bull fight - a valour sport of the State) based on the Tamil Nadu Government's stand of ''hurting the religious sentiments of the people of a particular district.'' ''Then why not the same religious sentiments apply in Ram Sethu issue,'' he added.

''Ram Sethu is a symbol of unity and hence it should not be disturbed on any account,'' Dr Swamy said, and suggested that Tuticorin port be changed to be a container port and the railway broad gauge line between Tuticorin and Kolkata could be made as double way.

''The cargo could well be on and offloaded at the Tuticorin port and it could be transported to Kolkata by rail which would be useful for the economic development of our country,'' he said.

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