Ram Setu

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    • The Supreme Court granted time to the Centre to file its reply in the plea by former Rajya Sabha member Subramanian Swamy seeking national heritage status to the Ram Setu.

    About Ram Setu

    • It is also known as Adam’s bridge.
    • It is Located off the south-eastern coast of Tamil Nadu.
    •  It is a chain of limestone shoals between Pamban Island, off the south-eastern coast of Tamil Nadu, and Mannar Island, off the north-western coast of Sri Lanka.
    • The bridge finds mention in the Hindu epic Ramayana and is believed to have been constructed by Lord Ram to reach Sri Lanka to rescue Sita.

     The Sethusamudram shipping channel project

    • It has been facing protests from some political parties, environmentalists and certain Hindu religious groups. 
    • Under the project, an 83 km water channel was to be created, linking Mannar with Palk Strait, by extensive dredging and removal of limestone shoals.

    Source: FE