the Union Ministry of Shipping has asked the Nagpur-based National Engineering Environment Research Institute (neeri) to conduct a detailed Environmental Impact Assessment (eia) of the Sethusamudran ship canal project in Tamil Nadu.
The eia would be done at a cost of Rs 1 crore and is to be conducted within six months. The canal project involves the widening of the Pamban channel to facilitate the movement of coastal ships of the size of 3,000 tonnes. The project runs through the Gulf of Mannar National Park and there has been opposition to the project that it will adversely impact the marine environment of the region.
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