The State unit of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has urged the Centre to resume the Sethusamudram project works stalled owing to a court order.

In a statement, CPI (M) secretary G. Ramakrishnan alleged that the project works that commenced in 2005 were derailed by the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Sangh Parivar.

The interim stay granted by the Supreme Court had resulted in the work being stopped. As the project could not be completed in time, its estimate had shot up from Rs.2,400 crore to Rs.4,500 crore, he lamented. He charged the United Progressive Alliance Government with delaying the project under the pretext of awaiting the recommendations of the Pachauri committee and the “faith of the people”.

As the works had been stopped, the places that got excavated were once again getting filled with sand. “Any further delay will cause a loss of several hundreds of crores of rupees.” Mr. Ramakrishnan said that it was only after examining several alignments for many years that the sixth alignment was found ideal. Hence, no further vacillation should be allowed on this score.

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