India & Sri Lanka Maybe Getting A 23-Km Long Sea Link Soon As Govt Considers Feasibility Study For The Bridge

This sea bridge has been in talks for more than a decade and if constructed will connect Tamil Nadu's Dhanushkodi and Sri Lanka's Talaimannar.

by Tashika Tyagi
India & Sri Lanka Maybe Getting A 23-Km Long Sea Link Soon As Govt Considers Feasibility Study For The Bridge

According to government sources, the proposed 23-kilometres long sea bridge between India and Sri Lanka might finally become a reality! To boost tourism and economic growth between the two countries, India proposed to build a bridge and tunnel on the Palk Strait. Now, if sources are to be believed, a feasibility study will begin soon to check the viability of the Palk Strait Bridge that will connect India’s Dhanushkodi and Sri Lanka’s Talaimannar.

Study To Check Technical, Economic & Environmental Aspects Of Bridge

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As per reports, India and Sri Lanka might soon begin a feasibility study to check the practicality of the 23-kilometre proposed bridge between the two nations. In July 2023, Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickramasinghe visited India. During this visit, both nations gave a green flag to conduct a feasibility study for this proposed bridge. And now it looks like the study might begin soon.

The study will check the viability of construction and evaluate the technical, economic, and environmental factors of building this sea bridge. If given the green light, this bridge will significantly boost tourism, and trade, and even improve political ties between India and Sri Lanka. Inspired by the mythological Ram Setu, this 23-kilometre sea bridge will connect India’s Dhanushkodi to Sri Lanka’s Talaimannar region.

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History Around The Sea Bridge Between India & Sri Lanka

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The bridge was first proposed by India in 2015. Minister of Road Transport and Highways of India, Nitin Gadkari had proposed a rail-cum-road bridge to the Asian Development Bank. However, the then-Sri Lankan counterparts had rejected the idea. A few years down the line, during the 2002-2004 Peace Accord, Sri Lanka asked India to come together to build what they named the ‘Hanuman Bridge’. Finally, in July 2023 both the countries agreed to conduct a feasibility study to understand the working and viability of the whole project.

Wow, if this bridge does come together, it will be a delight to travel by, don’t you think?

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