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Lanka raises environmental issues on SSCP

August 18, 2005 22:08 IST

Sri Lanka has raised certain environmental issues concerning the Rs 2427 crore Sethusamudram Shipping Canal Project, the government informed the Rajya Sabha on Thursday.

India had agreed to an exchange of information with Sri Lanka on the environmental aspects of the project, Minister of State for External Affairs E Ahamed said in a written reply.

He said Sri Lankan experts had visited India twice for obtaining information on the issue and discussed the country's concerns relating to environmental aspects of the project.

It had been agreed to have an arrangement for sharing relevant data which would enable them assess and monitor the environmental impact of the project, Ahamed added.

On India-European Union relations, Minister of State for External Affairs Rao Inderjit Singh said both India and EU were working together on finalising a joint action plan, which expected to be finalised in time for the 6th India-EU summit to be held in New Delhi next month.

On reports of maltreatment of Indian workers abroad, Ahamed said such cases had come to the notice of the government and added that Indian missions and posts abroad had standing instructions to immediately take up such cases with the relevant local authorities or foreign sponsors to expediting the process of law and obtaining due justice.

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