Wednesday, September 9, 2009

SETHUSAMAUDRAM PROJECT



The proposed Sethusamudram Shipping Channel Project aims to create a link between Palk Bay and Gulf of Mannar between India and Sri Lanka by creating a shipping channel through the shallow sea known as Sethusamudram.The project recently got a nod from the central government although it was first conceived by Alfred Dundas Taylor in 1860.

The proposed project envisages to break the limestone shoal known as Rama Sethu and create a continuous navigable channel across the Indian peninsula.Thus it will save around 400 nautical miles of sailing distance and 30 hours of journey time.Once the project is finished, ships will be able to move freely between East and West coast, thus saving the time to circumnavigate Sri Lanka.


However various organizations have raised objection over the project for economic,religious and environmental issues.There is apprehension that the project will cause much damage to the Marine National Park in the Gulf of Mannar especially to the coral reef and other flora and fauna therein.Moreover fishing activities win the region may be disrupted as well.Besides,there is an opinion breaking the Ram Sethu may hurt religious sentiments in India.However, a study conducted by National Environmental Engineering Research Institute suggests that by the apprehensions of financial or environmental damage are unfounded.

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