By C.P. Rajendran, IANS
The Sethusamudram ship channel project is deepening a 75-km section of the 152-km passage in the shallow sea between India and Sri Lanka. On the face of it, the idea is excellent as it cuts out the need for ships to circumnavigate Sri Lanka, shortening the journey by about 335 nautical miles between India's east and the west coasts. The Rs.24.28- billion ($609-million) project is already forging ahead.