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Sethu Samudram ship canal project

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The Sethusamudram Ship Canal Project conceived more than a century ago is expected to take off

The project was originally conceived in 1860 by the British Commander A.D. Taylor of the Indian Marines. Thereafter, almost once in every decade a committee or a prominent expert made a recommendation in favour of the construction of the canal. In 1955, for the first time since Independence, the Government of India constituted the Sethusamudram Project Committee under Sir Ramaswamy Mudaliyar to examine the feasibility and desirability of connecting the Gulf of Mannar with Palk Bay and its impact on the port of Tuticorin. The committee recommended that the canal project be linked to the Tuticorin Harbour Project and that both projects be undertaken simultaneously. The cost of the joint project was estimated at Rs 9.98 crore. The Sethusamudram Project Committee report was, however, put in cold storage. In 1963, the government sanctioned only the Tuticorin project.

The government's enthusiasm to set up committees did not wane. Successive committees revised the cost of the project upwards. In 1994, the Tamil Nadu government appointed the Pallavan Transport Consultancy Services Ltd in Chennai to appraise and revalidate a 1983 report. The new report, submitted in March 1996, further revised the project cost to Rs 760 crore for 31 feet draft.

Hope on the project was revived in January 1999 when Defence Minister George Fernandes announced that the government would complete the digging of the Sethu Samudram channel in three years. This was backed by the Prime Minister's assurance that his government was committed to the project. Indeed, the government took a concrete step towards the execution of the project when Union Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha, in his Budget 2000-01, allocated Rs 4.8 crore for a feasibility study of the Sethusamudram Ship Canal Project. Recently, following a directive from the Union Ministry of Shipping, the Tuticorin Port Trust invited tenders for undertaking just such a feasibility-cum-environment study for the project.

The "Sethusamudram Ship Canal" project proposes linking the Palk Bay and the Gulf of Mannar on the east coast of India by creating a shipping canal through Rameswaram Island, which would provide a continuous navigable sea route around the Indian Peninsula. The total cost of the techno-economic viability and EIA study is expected to be around Rs 6 crore. The project involves digging a 44.9 nautical-mile long channel linking the Palk Strait with the Gulf of Mannar.

After the canal is constructed, the distance between Cape Comorin and Chennai would be reduced to 402 nautical miles from the present 755. Further, the canal would considerably reduce the distance between the east and the west coasts with travelling time coming down by 36 hours. It will also avoid circumnavigation of ships around Sri Lanka, thereby resulting in savings in fuel costs and standing charges associated with extra period of voyages. The canal would help make coastal shipping operations from the east coast to the west coast and vice-versa more competitive.

The greatest beneficiary of the project will be Tuticorin harbour, which has the potential to transform into a transhipment hub such as those in Singapore and Colombo. The project will also help in the development of the proposed 13 minor ports in Tamil Nadu.

On the flipside, the project is likely to face stiff opposition from fishermen and environmentalists, who have already raising their collective voice against it. The protests may not deter the government from going ahead with the project as the gains outweigh the losses.
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environmental clearance for the project has been given very recetly and PM is likely to lay the foundation stone for the project shortly..

The existing route is shown in yellow mark..

white line indicates the area to be dredged, and the new proposed route is shown in brown...

(sorry ,i didnt get any map in english,soon i will try to post)

we will discuss about this project in this thread....
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when will we know if they will build it or not.
Index Plan of Proposed Sethusamudram Ship Channel

Various Alignments of Sethusamudram Ship Channel Project Including the Proposed Alignment

Alignment of the Proposed channel
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then how can they make a india srilanka bridge if they already are going to make a canal
Anniyan said:
But Bridge b/w india and srilanka has already been put off..

yeah??? why then?? is it because jay lalitha doesnt want it or something ??

Damn those bastards, this would have really stimulated the economy of southern india and sri lanka
Cabinet nod for Sethu canal project

The Rs 2,427.40 crore Sethusamudram Ship Canal Project (SSCP) off Tamil Nadu coast was today cleared by the Cabinet.

Announcing the CCEA decision, Finance Minister P Chidambaram said a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) would be set up for this purpose.{ED5ADB6F-AE25-44A9-AB80-A5850BC0E52F}&CategoryName=TAMNA
wow..nice picture..this is one of best photo of palk strait ..

planemad keep this photo carefully, after some years it may be precious..
This was taken from the Lankan side, so i guess its unused land, with a few fishing villages maybe.
Sethusamudram project raises hopes of revival of Thondi port
DD, Navy conduct trial telecast of dredging

The Doordarshan (DD), along with the Indian Navy, on Sunday conducted a trial telecast of the proposed dredging operation to be conducted along the Palk Straits for the Sethusamudaram Ship Canal this month-end. The trial run was conducted off the Chennai Port with the help of a Navy helicopter

Though, initially, it was planned that the telecast equipment be placed on board the dredger itself, technical experts had expressed the inability to establish a reliable link with the satellite due to the turbulent sea.

The other option of using a microwave transmission by which signal would be transmitted to the nearest land point from where it could be linked for view for the public, was also found to have technical snags.

Hence, the Government decided to rope in the Indian Navy and after discussions between the Navy and Doordarshan, it was decided that a Naval helicopter would be used for carrying the crew to the spot of the dredging to enable the live-telecast, added the release

Outer Circle represents globe
Two white lines represent two way traffic between West and South ,and also the upward direction of the lines represents growth
green line between the white lines represent care for the Environment

Design of the SSCP project office, to be set up at Mandapam a 10,000 sq ft area

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DD plans live coverage of Sethusanmudram plan
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