July 19, 2015 (LBO) – India is planning a feasibility study for a bridge that connects India and Sri Lanka which may cost $3.6 billion, Indian media reported.
Nitin Gadkari, the Minister for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping, said he had discussed this with the chairman of Asian Development Bank and the development bank was prepared to finance it.
“The distance between Dhanushkodi in Rameswaram and the Sri Lankan boundary is about 23 kms. A sea-bridge would help in increasing the trans-SAARC road and transport network,” Gadkari was quoted as saying by Indian news service DNA.
This bridge could be a combination of sea-bridge and underwater tunnel where the underwater tunnel allows the passage of ships across.
This project is a part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of Indian road connectivity to neighbouring countries, he was reported as saying.