National Environment Research Institute (NEERI) Report

Initial Environment Examination



 In February, 1997, the Ministry of Surface Transport made the Tuticorin Port Trust (TPT) as Nodal Agency for the project and subsequently the National Environment Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), Nagpur, was appointed by MoST in July, 1997 to prepare an Initial Environment Examination (IEE) of the project. NEERI commended their IEE study in March 1998 and submitted their Report in December 1998. The IEE study report indicated that the project is environmentally safe with negligible effect on the ecosystem and the Marine National Park of the Gulf of Mannar. The report also recommended a particular alignment of the canal cutting the Pamban Island, east of Kodandaramasamy  temple, which would cause least damage to the biodata and the environment.


As concluded in the IEE study, the Sethusamudram Ship Channal Project falls under category ĎA?of the World Bank Classification requiring full scale Environment Assessment. The MoS again designated TPT as Nodal Agency for conducting techno-economic and comprehensive EIA studies for Sethusamudram Ship Channel Project (SSCP) windows 7 ultimate product key. As per instruction of MoS in March 2001 TPT went in for Global tenders for

  • Establishing techno economic viability and

  • Environment impact assessment

Subsequently as per the directive from the Ministry in February 2002, the above studies were enstructed to NEERI.


NEERI submitted their first report on Rapid EIA in October 2002 on existing status of Environment suggesting a viable of the Channel. NEERI have also projected a fresh scenario of dredging the Channel to only 7m depth with its economic gains, number of transit per annum etc. worked out by the shipping Corporation of India. The rough cost for dredging to 7m depth was indicated by NEERI as Rs.200 crores resulting in a saving of Rs.68 crores in bunkering and ship time per annum. NEERI presented the 7-m depth scenario with the Channel alignment further shifted eastwards to cut the Adamís Bridge to start with and suggesting to take up the project in phases.