India for solution on fishing issue

India wants a permanent solution to the conflict between fishermen in Sri Lanka and Tamil Nadu.

India’s Union Shipping Minister G.K.Vasan said he hopes a solution can be found through talks between the fishermen of both the countries.

He also noted that most Indian fishermen had been released from prisons in Sri Lanka following persistent efforts taken by the Indian government, The Hindu newspaper reported.

Meanwhile he also said that the Indian government is keen on implementing the Sethusamudram Ship Canal Project (SSCP) as it will not only benefit Tamil Nadu but also lead to a spurt in the economic development of India.

G.K.Vasan said the issue was pending before the Supreme Court and the Centre had filed a detailed counter affidavit in favour of the project.

In the affidavit, the Centre had stated that it would implement the project in accordance with the court’s guidelines, he noted.

The Sethusamudram Ship Canal Project will allow ships to use the narrow strip between Sri Lanka and India instead of having to go around Sri Lanka.

This will however have an impact on Sri Lanka with fewer ships having to make a stopover at Sri Lankan ports. (Colombo Gazette)

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