Union govt okays underwater research project of Ram Setu
New Delhi: The Union government has given the green signal to underwater research project of Ram Setu, a 48-km-long chain of shoals between India and Sri Lanka.
Ram Setu or Adam’s Bridge or Nala Setu, is a chain of limestone shoals Rameswaram Island, off the south-eastern coast of Tamil Nadu, India and Mannar Island, off the north-western coast of Sri Lanka.
The bridge bears religious significance to Hindus in India because of the Ramayana, one of the two major Hindu epics of ancient India.
The Central Advisory Board on Archaeology, a body under the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), approved the proposal for the underwater exploration project last month.
The study, which will be conducted by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) Goa, will help determine the age of the Ramayana period and focus on the process behind the formation of Ram Setu. It will also help find out whether there are any submerged habitations around Ram Setu.
The research vessels of NIO, Sindhu Sadhana or Sindhu Sankalp, will be deployed in this project to collect samples of the sediment from 35 to 40 metres below the water level.
India’s first-ever indigenously built research vessel, the Sindhu Sadhna, was launched in 2014.It is equipped with a number of laboratories for data collection, echo sounders, acoustic doppler, profiler, autonomous weather station and air quality monitors.