Historical Timeline

Treta Yuga (Hindu timelini)
Lord Rama constructs a bridge between India and Sri Lanka
1900s (exact year?)
British rename the Ramasethu bridge as 'Adam's Bridge'
1860 - 1922
As many as nine proposals were made for cutting a Ship Channel across the narrow strip of land to connect the Gulf of Mannar and the Palk Bay with the object of providing a short-cut for ocean-going ships plying between the West Coast of India and the East Coast
1956
Sethusamudram Project Committee formed to contemplate a 26 feet canal dig at the mainland at Rameshwaram at a cost of Rs 210 million
1967
Nagendra Singh Committee Report recommends a 30 feet canal at an alternate site near the Rameshwaram Island Crossing at a cost of Rs 370 million
1981
Laksminarayana Committee Report recommends construction of two channels called the south and north channels and also construction of a lock in the land portion connecting both the channels across the 'K' alignment near Dhanushkodi at a cost of Rs 2820 million
1996
Pallavan Transport Consultance Service Report recommends a number of infrastrucral facilities to be constructed in addition to the canal. These included locks, flotilla, harbour tugs, navigational aids, jetties, shore facilities, dispatch vessels, slipways and buildings
1997
Ministry of Surface Transport appoints Tuticorin Port Trust as Nodal Agency
1997
Ministry of Surface Transport appoints the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) to draft an Initial Environmental Examination (IEE) Report. The study recommended a canal cutting the Pamban Island, east of Kothandaramasamy temple, which it claimed will cause least damage to the biota and the environment
2004
Tuticorin Port Trust engages M/s. L & T-Ramboll Consulting Engineers, Chennai for preparation of a Detailed Project Report. The report claimed to establish the financial viability of the Project.
2005
Formal inauguration of the Sethusamudram project
2006
Commencement of dredging work at Ramasethu and Palk Strait
2006
Hindu leaders in India meet President of India to lodge protest against destruction of Ramasethu
February 2007
Shankaracharya of Puri and other Hindu leaders meet in the holy town of Vrindavana to launch a national campaign
March 2007
Hindu organizations from ten countries around the world launch the 'Save Ramasethu Campaign' (Ramasethu Bachao Andolan)

Sethusamudram Project Timeline

No.
Milestones
Target Date
1
Registration of Sethusamudram Corporation Ltd.
*06.12.2004
2
Submission of DPR to the Ministry
*01.03.2005
3
Appraisal by F.I. arranger
31/05/2005
4
Financial closure
30/06/2005
5
Launching of Sethusamudram Corporation Limited Web Site
30/06/2005
6
Inauguration of Sethusamudram Project
02/07/2005
7
Approval of the competent authority
0 week
8
Pre-qualification and tender process (for dredging)
12 weeks
9
Award of work
16 weeks
10
Mobilisation of Dredging equipment and pre-dredge survey
24 weeks
11
Commencement of dredging at Adams bridge area and Palk strait area
24 weeks
12
Preparation of designs, drawings and tender documents for onshore facilities
26 weeks
13
Preparation of tender documents for procurement of Navigational aids, Port crafts
38 weeks
14
Call of tenders, pre-qualification process for procurement of Navigational aids and Port crafts & on shore facilities
50 weeks
15
Award of work for on shore facilities
56 weeks
16
Placing of supply orders for procurement of Navigational aids and Port crafts
62 weeks
17
Completion of procurement of Navigational aids and Port crafts
148 weeks
18
Completion of Service Jetties and Navigational towers
160 weeks
19
Completion of dredging work
166 weeks
20
Post dredging survey
168 weeks
21
Installation of VTMS
168 weeks
22
Commencement of Trials/ Tests
172 weeks
23
Commencement of Channel Operation
180 weeks