India to build sea bridge, tunnel to connect Sri Lanka

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  1. HeinzGud

    HeinzGud Senior Member Senior Member

    Nov 26, 2011
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    Colombo, Sri Lanka
    Keen on promoting connectivity in the South Asian region, India is set to build a sea-bridge and tunnel connecting Sri Lanka while a pact has been inked with Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal for seamless flow of traffic and passenger vehicles, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said today.

    "The Asian Development Bank is ready to fully finance a bridge building project connecting Rameshwaram to Sri Lanka. The project was also discussed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his counterpart during the latter's recent visit," Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said in a suo motu statement in the Lok Sabha.

    "The Government, right from the day it assumed office, has been focussed on enhancing regional cooperation. Subsequent to PM's announcement of 'Act East policy', India pro-actively engaged in building effective and credible links between South Asia and South East Asia through enhanced regional connectivity," he said.

    A major milestone was the signing of the Bangladesh Bhutan India Nepal (BBIN) Motor Vehicles Agreement (MVA) in Thimphu to facilitate seamless movement of passenger and cargo vehicles in the region, he said.

    Under BBIN MVA, a cargo trial run was held on the 640 km Kolkata-Dhaka-Agartala route last month, which was a substantial reduction compared to the traditional 1,550 km transit route from Kolkata to Agartala via Siliguri-Guwahati- Silchar, he said.

    "The four countries have also identified 14 routes for passenger services and 7 routes for cargo movement under the BBIN MVA...Several major Road Transport Corridor Projects for approximately 2400 kms have been identified in India and particularly in the North Eastern region at an estimated investment of USD 4.6 billion which are proposed to be taken up with ADB support," Gadkari said.
  3. roma

    roma NRI in Europe Senior Member

    Aug 10, 2009
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    are we making the connections for china ?

    before making connections , we have to be much stronger first !

    we dont have an indigenous military aircraft industry ( except first attempt which is still technically incomplete )
    we dont have china spectrum of manufacturing
    our economy is a quarter or a third of china and they can overpower us simply by buying more military stuff

    i understand the need for connectivity but unless we are stronger, such connectivity only exposes our weakness for others to take advantage of .

    connectivity with nepal and bhutan is fine as they are aware of china , lanka and b'desh , - not necessary for quite some time

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  4. saty

    saty Tihar Jail Banned

    Sep 11, 2015
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    Too late it may built long time ago.Anyway better late than never. Tamilians of both sides of the border will get benefits,Indians&Lankans too.

    Trade&communication with any civilized country is good.

    PS Uncivilized!! Pak,Middle east&Afg
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