Gadkari to inspect Sethu project route

Union Surface Transport and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari would undertake an aerial inspection of the controversial Sethusamudram Shipping Channel route on November 4, officials said on Sunday.

He would inspect the entire Palk Strait onboard a Coast Guard aircraft and discuss the work completed so far on the multi-crore project, district and Coast Guard officials said.

Convenor of Ram Sethu Movement Kupuuram said Gadkari would discuss a possible alternative route.

The project, which envisages dredging of a ship channel across the Palk Strait providing a shorter navigational route for ships from east and west coasts of the country instead of cirumventing Sri Lanka, has hit a block after protests over the proposed demolition of Ram Sethu, mythical bridge built by Lord Rama to reach Lanka.

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