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Indian BJP-led NDA government at the Centre was firm in its proposal to build a bridge across Palk Strait, connecting Dhanushkodi, the eastern tip of Rameswaram Island and Talaimannar in Sri Lanka, Union Minister of State for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Pon Radhakrishnan said.

Talking to reporters in Ramanathapuram on Saturday, he said the project was at the preliminary stage but the government was firm in going ahead with the project and realise the dream of Mahakavi Bharathi. The Sri Lankan government is expected to give its nod for the project, Mr. Radhakrishnan said, replying to a question.

Once the project was executed, Danushkodi, which became a ghost town after the 1964 cyclonic storm, would flourish and the extension of a four-lane highway from Paramakudi to Rameswaram would be automatically implemented, he said.

After the execution of the project, this arid and backward district, which earned the dubious distinction of ‘Thanni illa kaadu’ (waterless jungle) and choicest destination for punishment postings would turn into one of the wealthiest districts in the country, he said.

Rejecting a suggestion that the Centre was delaying the construction of a memorial for the former President, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam at the burial site at Pei Karumbu, near here, he said the Centre had just received clearance from the State government and the memorial would emerge as one of the best in the country.

Replying to a question, Mr. Radhakrishnan said the NDA after coming to power at the Centre in May 2014, had secured the release of fishermen, whenever they were arrested by the Sri Lankan navy on charges of poaching. The External Affairs Ministry was taking steps to work out a lasting solution to the vexatious issue, he said. The question of retrieving Katchatheevu would be decided if the islet came in the way of working out a lasting solution to the fishermen issue, he said, answering a question.(The Hindu)

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  • pls no Monday, 11 April 2016 07:23 PM

    pls no.

    kumaran Monday, 11 April 2016 06:50 AM

    The Chinese in the South and the Indians in the North !! Whither our own people? "None are as blind as those who refuse to see".

    nuke Monday, 11 April 2016 07:40 PM

    this will be a major disaster connecting to another 3rd world country. specially india, where there are a lot of people with different diseases.. and besides that, why do we want to spend tax payers money to build a worthless bridge which will only create problems? srilanka is better off separated from that rotten country

    Nanda Sunday, 10 April 2016 10:54 AM

    What a shame for Sri Lanka

    vini Sunday, 10 April 2016 10:58 AM

    A new bridge to the Indian colony of Sri Lanka.

    Jain Sunday, 10 April 2016 11:06 AM

    This is good for SL if it goes ahead.

    roy Sunday, 10 April 2016 11:08 AM

    This should not be allowed. Tamil Nadu is not a friend of Sri Lanka. IT via DM Android App

    Jimmy Sunday, 10 April 2016 12:00 PM

    We will become a part of India soon. The price our govt has to pay for their support in toppling MR.

    ANTON Sunday, 10 April 2016 12:16 PM

    THEN WE CAN GO BY BUS TO INDIA TO EAT THOSA AND VADEY...... AND THERE IS A HELL OF A LOT RED LIGHT STREETS.......

    Andomranil Sunday, 10 April 2016 12:25 PM

    Ranil said otherwise in the parliament recently. Do we have to believe what Indians say.!

    Henry Monday, 11 April 2016 10:06 AM

    May the God help Indian Govt. to go for a contract with IVRCL Ltd who build recently collapsed Kolkatta fly-over to save Sri Lanka from back-door invasion.

    Henry Monday, 11 April 2016 10:15 AM

    RW will lie [as usual] until the project is completed - current politicians posses about 3 - 4 tongues.

    Henry Monday, 11 April 2016 10:17 AM

    Disaster! Indian Cancer is spreading to all it's neighbors

    Henry Monday, 11 April 2016 10:18 AM

    Paradise will be connected to the Hell

    zuh Sunday, 10 April 2016 01:49 PM

    so what we as srilankans are not keen. via DM iOS App

    Mohammed Monday, 11 April 2016 10:51 AM

    Only few year before we defeated seperatise LTTE. If we build this bridge it would be worse than LTTE.

    Sharon Sunday, 10 April 2016 02:09 PM

    This is the biggest curse that will come to SL. 62 million are responsible for this. via DM iOS App

    rose Sunday, 10 April 2016 04:13 PM

    Oh NO!!!!! I pray .... Pls don't let this happen ! God , pls allow us to live in peace ! We'll have to regret bitterly later if this project takes place , there will be lot of consequences ...

    BuffaloaCitizen Monday, 11 April 2016 12:42 PM

    We Sinhalese are a majority with a severe minority complex, that is the reason we always look at everything through suspicion.

    Zayeem Monday, 11 April 2016 01:52 PM

    Do anyone know about the India's Sedu Samuiram Canal Project? It's dangerous for our Ports and Harbours.Already IVRCL .LTD. Having a Contract with TATA in Sri Lanka to Build Housing Project for who lost their land in Slave Island


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