India and Sri Lanka could soon finalise agreement on bridge

nitin-gadkari_650x400_61457616115India and Sri Lanka could soon finalise an agreement for building a bridge connecting both the countries, India’s union Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari said, according to NDTV.

“The project is under consideration, it is under discussion. But nothing has been finalised,” Mr Gadkari told journalists at the Foreign Correspondents Club in New Delhi.

He said discussions have been held on the issue with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe.

The Sri Lankan side is also “interested” in the project, he said, adding that even the Asian Development Bank has made a recommendation to that effect.

Wickremasinghe said in Colombo on March 23 that no formal talks between India and Sri Lanka have started yet on the project.

The issue had figured in Sri Lankan parliament as well.

“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,” Gadkari said last year.

Addressing correspondents of foreign media and others on Monday, Mr Gadkari said the first Maritime India Summit 2016 to be inaugurated by PM Modi in Mumbai on April 14 will be a game changer in the development of India’s coastal and port infrastructure.

The three-day summit being organised in pursuance of the government’s policy of giving prime importance to developing infrastructure is aimed at attracting potential investors to the vast opportunities in the maritime sector.

Representatives and experts from 40 countries, in addition to India, will participate in the summit, where South Korea is the partner country, he said.

Gadkari, who had earlier favoured the Sethu Samundran project, declined to answer any question on the same, saying the model code of conduct is in place in Tamil Nadu in view of the assembly election. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. Building a bridge between India and Sri Lanka is waste of money. India should spend that money to build IT training school. When China opened for manufacturing sector, India created the LTTE. Now China is helping Sri Lanka in big infrastructure projects, but India is planning to build a bridge. Politicians in South Asia always one step behind. South Asia’s population is far more than China’s population, but South Asia couldn’t get a gold medal during the last Olympic, but China took thirty eight gold medals. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to understand that South Asia can’t beat China. I am living in South Asia(Sri Lanka) since last May. South Asians dream big but don’t equip themselves with knowledge and skills nor allow smart people to lead them. Singapore allowed smart people in 1960s, 70s, 80s and built the country from nothing. But Tamils and Sinhalese don’t have this kind of mindset. They always think highly about themselves, it won’t take them anywhere. I am not a fan of South Asia, it is not a place for smart people. It is a place for dirty politicians and for the people who enjoy robbing their own people. Sri Lankans want their country like Singapore, but people like us going nowhere in this country. If they allowed smart person to lead Sri Lankan Airlines they would not have placed themselves in a disaster. I hope you would agree this country won’t become like Singapore, because the politicians and people don’t deserve it. I rest my case.

  2. Malaria patients are dumped in Sri Lanka so Indian drugs can be sold here. The bridge is an election promise for greediness to power. SL President should be held responsible for destroying Sri Lankan culture which was protected for more than 2500 years. Toilets for Indians are more important than bridges.

  3. We can only consider Elevated Rail Link with Containers Carriage Facilities. But, We reject Vehicular Movement with India and also reject Underground Tunnels.


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