The landmark Pamban Bridge located in Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu, India Pic courtesy:

Keen on promoting connectivity in the South Asian region, India is set to build a sea-bridge and tunnel connecting Sri Lanka, Press Trust of India, the largest news agency in India reported today quoting India’s Union Minister Nitin Gadkari.

“The Asian Development Bank 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,” Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said in a suo motu statement in the Lok Sabha, the agency reported.

The India-Sri Lanka connectivity project cost is pegged at about Indian Rupees 24,000 crore (approx Rs.518 billion Sri Lankan Rupees or 3.6 billion US Dollars), the news agency noted.

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari

“The Government, right from the day it assumed office, has been focussed on enhancing regional cooperation. Subsequent to PM’s announcement of ‘Act East policy’, India pro-actively engaged in building effective and credible links between South Asia and South East Asia through enhanced regional connectivity,” the report further said quoting the Union Minister.