India Plans Bridge Across Palk Strait

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The Indian Government is also looking at connecting India and Sri-Lanka via a sea-bridge following the inauguration of the Agartala-Dhaka bus service and signing of the Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal motor vehicle agreement, Road Transport and Highways Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Tuesday.

The road connectivity, built across the Palk Strait, could possibly be a combination of a sea-bridge and an underwater tunnel. The underwater tunnel would allow the movement of ships through the
Palk Strait.

“The distance between Dhanushkodi in Rameswaram and the Sri Lankan shore is about 23 kms. A sea-bridge would help in increasing the trans-SAARC road and transport network,” said Gadkari. Dhanushkodi is situated south-east of Pamban town, and around 29kms away is Talaimannar in Sri Lanka, the town closest to the Indian mainland.

A proposal for providing a road and rail link bridging the divide across the Palk Strait has been submitted to the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for a pre-feasibility study and subsequent financing. Currently, the missing link of narrow corridor of about 23 kms in length is serviced through a makeshift ferry transport service. “At current estimates the project would cost us Rs.23,000 crore,” Gadkari said. Along with the India — Sri Lanka road link, the Indian Government is also looking to connect the north-east to Thailand via Myanmar.