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The Sethusamudram canal set to be operational from 2008 will give a continuous navigable route around the Indian peninsular linking the west coast of India with its east. The Sethusamudram canal set to be operational from 2008 will give a continuous navigable route around the Indian peninsular linking the west coast of India with its east. While the canal is expected to impact economic activity in Southern India shippers here are worried about the fallout on the Colombo Port’s status as a hub.

India has a coastline to match its giant size, seven thousand five hundred and seventeen kilo meters of coast to be exact.

The coastline has 12 major ports and 180 smaller ones but it doesn’t have a continuous navigable route around its peninsular in its own territorial waters.

Ships sailing from the west coast of India and other western countries heading towards the east coast of India, Bangladesh and China have to navigate around the Sri Lanka because the waterway between India and Sri Lanka is shallow.

Apart from cargo vessels, ships belonging to the Indian Navy and coastguard also need to navigate around Sri Lanka.

India launched a