Indian Govt to build a 23 km bridge between India and Sri Lanka through Dhanushkodi

To boost tourism and encourage economic growth, the central government is considering connecting India and Sri Lanka through a 23 km long sea bridge via Dhanushkodi in Tamil Nadu and Thalaimannar in Sri Lanka. This ambitious project envisages a 23 km long bridge over the Palk Strait. The newly proposed Ram Setu, functioning as a road and rail sea link, aims to provide a viable alternative to the Sethusamudram project.

Officials expect a significant reduction in transportation costs by up to 50%, facilitating mainland connectivity to the island of Ceylon. The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) will lead the construction of this monumental sea bridge.

Inspired by the economic and technical cooperation agreement signed six months ago, this initiative is expected to bring a development wave of Rs 40,000 crore. This comprehensive plan includes the construction of new railway lines and an expressway, with Ram Setu at its core. Feasibility study for the project is scheduled to begin soon.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently visited Arichal Munai near Dhanushkodi in Tamil Nadu, which marks the starting point of the revered Rama Setu. ‘Ram Sethu’ is mentioned in many Tamil texts and inscriptions of Tamil kings in the Sangam days. The iconic site of Ramanathapuram Setupatha holds historical significance, all his grants are ‘registered’ at this sacred place. The Prime Minister concluded his spiritual journey with a visit to Arichal Munai before attending the consecration ceremony at the Ayodhya temple.