||The Sethusamudram Ship Canal Project under the consideration of the Ministry of Shipping, Government of India, envisages creation of a ship canal to suit different drafts (9.15 m, 10.7 m and 12.8m) through dredging/excavation in Adams Bridge and parts of Palk Bay.
The navigation route will originate from the Tuticorin new harbour in the Gulf of Mannar (GOM) using available navigation depths (> 20 m) up to south east of Pamban Island, pass through a canal created in Adams Bridge within the international boundary and proceed parallel to the International Medial Line for fishing rights as the Bengal channel. Availability of depths in middle channel in Palk Bay area, capital dredging across Adams Bridge and in Palk Strait and continuous maintenance of dredging along the proposed transit are the critical project related issues. Read more
The project was under heavy criticism by environmentalist of India and Sri Lanka. However, India decided to continue with the project.