Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Sethusamudram canal projects stops as dredger pulls out - Save Sree Ram Setu |

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    • Work on the controversial Sethusamudram Ship Canal Project in the Palk Strait between Sri Lanka and India has halted again after the last dredger digging the channel was pulled out of service, a media report said.

    • State-run Dredging Corp. of India Ltd (DCI) removed its dredger—a specialized ship used to deepen the channels of ports and harbours—from the project when its four-year contract with Sethusamudram Corp. Ltd ended on 27 July.

      "Nobody knows when the work will start again," the newspaper said.

      "We are trying to revive the dredging contract between DCI and Sethusamudram Corp. Ltd," a shipping ministry official said, but he could not give a time frame for reviving the contract.

      Meanwhile, dredging continued on the non-controversial Palk Straits area.