Sethu canal work not hurting environment

Madurai, Jul 30 | Updated: Jul 31 2007, 04:21am hrs
No major changes have been observed in the marine environment due to work on the Sethusamudram Ship Canal Project in the Bay of Bengal, the reconstituted monitoring committee on environmental issues said on Monday.

Committee chairman, Prof S Ramachandran told reporters after discussions with scientists, historians and engineers that the minor changes found were within permissible limits and would also occur naturally.

"The environment impact is being monitored very closely on an hourly basis. In the last 22 months I can with certainty say that the fish catch has improved and the variety of fish coming to Gulf of Mannar also has increased," he said.