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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, Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Wednesday.

“The Asian Development Bank (ADB) 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,” Mr. Gadkari said in a suo motu statement in the Lok Sabha.

The India-Sri Lanka connectivity project cost is pegged at about Rs 24,000 crore.

“The government, right from the day it assumed office, has been focussed on enhancing regional cooperation. Subsequent to Modi’s announcement of ‘Act East policy’, India proactively engaged in building effective and credible links between South Asia and Southeast 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 in November, which was a substantial reduction compared to the traditional 1,550 km transit route from Kolkata to Agartala via Siliguri-Guwahati-Silchar, Mr. Gadkari said. (The Hindu)

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  • Maya Thursday, 17 December 2015 11:48 AM

    Now we know why India helped to, first remove VP and then MR.

    Muthubanda Thursday, 17 December 2015 07:38 PM

    Where can I learn Hindi ?

    Boonda Thursday, 17 December 2015 03:32 PM

    Now the Singhala language and Tamil language stop fighting between themselves and start a common fight against Hindi Language.

    lokka Thursday, 17 December 2015 03:19 PM

    can you efford brand new vehicles..crooked minded moozzy alway jealous on india

    Sinhalaya Thursday, 17 December 2015 02:02 PM

    Good idea.. SL will get the benefits.... Stop talking and start acting....

    dham Thursday, 17 December 2015 12:41 PM

    Dont even think about. . via DM Android App

    Ali Thursday, 17 December 2015 12:28 PM

    Indians degraded our people with some of their funny languages, funny cultures, TV channels, then our roads with 3-wheelers, cheap cars, cheap buses and bikes, then our sea waters, even now I see that some textile sellers are wandering on the roads selling things with expired visit visa, while some have taken up jobs here, few even have married their 2nd wife here. And all these happened without a sea-bridge. Just imagine...

    MoodaYoo Thursday, 17 December 2015 12:23 PM

    don´t worry guys, this tunnel wont last long, coz an indian engineering..just wast of poor money..

    Sapa kane Thursday, 17 December 2015 12:17 PM

    Look what happened to Europe

    Ranjan Thursday, 17 December 2015 11:56 AM

    Not in our lifetime!

    prabath Thursday, 17 December 2015 12:05 AM

    Thanks India.. We will never want to connect with you.

    nan Thursday, 17 December 2015 09:53 AM

    Srilanka -Pl do not fall for this gag .We prefer to be the island we are .

    sach Thursday, 17 December 2015 08:14 AM

    why is SL gover silent? what is RW saying on this?

    Kasun Thursday, 17 December 2015 04:30 AM

    Death knell for Sri Lanka. Being an island, we have survived so far despite many foreign invasions, including 16 invasions from South India. Being physically connected to India, the Indians will walk over in no time.

    Sri Lanka Thursday, 17 December 2015 04:14 AM

    Oh why, oh lord, why they want to mess up this little island!

    Perera Thursday, 17 December 2015 02:44 AM

    Ayoooo........ aney apoi......Regional cooperation.

    Nims Thursday, 17 December 2015 02:34 AM

    India must assure the safe travel of Sinhalese via TN. If not it will serve ONLY the Indians (mostly from TN) and Sri Lankan Tamils

    Nelum Fernando Thursday, 17 December 2015 01:15 AM

    Aho mage rata!

    Jimmy Thursday, 17 December 2015 12:41 AM

    No! Sri Lanka is a healthy nation due to being an Island. Open up to India and we will be is serious trouble.


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