On Wednesday, the Supreme Court announced that it would hear the appeal in favour of designating the Ram Setu as a national historic site on July 26.
Subramanian Swamy, a member of the BJP in the Rajya Sabha, appeared before the bench consisting of Chief Justice of India N.V. Ramana, Justice Krishna Murari, and Justice Hima Kohli and stated that his case had been on hold for a very long time and asked that it be heard as soon as possible.
Lightheartedly asking if it should be listed after his retirement, CJI Ramana did so on July 26. In 2007, Swamy filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) to have the Ram Setu designated as a national historic site.
The Setu also called Adam’s Bridge, is a mythical bridge that connects Rameswaram and Lanka in the Ramayana and is thought to have been built by Lord Rama with the aid of the army of vanaras in order to rescue Sita. The structure spans about 50 km. In opposition to the proposed Sethusamudram Canal Project, which sought to build an 83 km deep-water channel connecting Mannar with Palk Strait, Swamy filed the PIL in 2007.
Therefore, the limestone shoals section of the Ram Setu had to be removed for the project. In 2007, the project’s progress had been halted by the Supreme Court. Early in 2020, the Rajya Sabha MP again approached the Supreme Court, but the Apex Court asked him to mention the pending cases.
Off the southern coast of Tamil Nadu, there is a bridge made of a group of limestone shoals called Ram Setu. It stretches from Mannar Island off the northern coast of Sri Lanka to Pamban Island close to Rameshwaram in South India. The epic Ramayana makes reference to the bridge as being built by Lord Ram in order to reach Sri Lanka and save Sita.
Due to the pending cases before it, the Supreme Court had stated in January 2020 that it would consider Dr Swamy’s Ram Sethu plea but had asked him to bring it up again in three months. A meeting was called in 2017 by a Union Minister to consider Swamy’s demand, but nothing happened after that, according to Swamy’s submission to the Supreme Court.