It could not be timed more appropriately by the project promoters, who announced the trial navigation plan on Rama Navami - the day when Hindus were celebrating the birthday of Lord Rama all over the world. Similarly, on Rama Navami day last year, they had dispatched the dredger ships to Rama Setu. Meanwhile Supreme court would hear the case later today.
CHENNAI: A portion of the controversial Sethusamudram ship channel is ready for navigation and a trial run of a fully-laden ship is likely to be held next week, the project head said on Monday.
Dredging operations in the 54-km stretch in the Palk Bay has created a depth of 10 m, as against the planned 12 m, and now it would be possible for small vessels to navigate from Chennai to Rameswaram, chairman and managing director of Sethusamudram Corporation Ltd, K Suresh, said.
The Sethusamudram channel, now mired in litigation over plans to demolish Adam's Bridge, a series of rocky shoals in the sea off Rameswaram, envisages deepening of sea to help ships navigate faster between the country's eastern and western coasts.
Dredging work in a 35-km stretch in the Adam's Bridge area has been suspended due to a SC interim order.