STRATEGIC SECURITY AND SETHUSAMUDRAM PROJECT

by Col R Hariharan (retd.)

Introduction

The Sethusamudram Canal Project (SSCP) is a 145- year-old idea since the British colonial days; the canal running through the waters of Palk Strait and the Gulf of Mannar links the eastern and western coasts of South India. It was inaugurated on July 2, 2005.

This long awaited project has become the focus of controversy ever since the Government of India (GOI) decided to implement it. As it is mired in partisan politics of Tamil Nadu, important dimensions of the project that could impact national security including its strategic, economic, environmental and ecological aspects have not been analysed objectively.