The tiny town of Dhanushkodi, submerged in the tidal waves that swept it in 1964, could again emerge as a major pilgrim centre with the government deciding to link it with this holy island by laying a four lane road.

Highways officials said the decision to link Rameswaram and Dhanushkodi, located at the southernmost tip of this Island, was taken as part of the Sethusamudhram Shipping Channel Project. But now SSCP had been delinked from the road project due to increased flow of tourists and pilgrims to Dhanushkodi, 22 km from here.

The road project would also help fishermen transport their catch from Dhanushkodi, where they normally land after catching fish, to Rameswaram.

Dhanushkodi, an important pilgrim spot for Hindus, was devastated by a cyclonic storm in 1964 in which a passenger train with over 100 passengers was drowned in the sea.

The officials told PTI that in the first phase, four-laning of the 14-km stretch from Rameswaram to Mukundarayar Chattiram would be taken up. Though there was now a two-lane road linking the two places, frequent movement of sand dunes covered the road causing hardship to road users.

The road level would be increased and steps taken to prevent the movement of the sand dunes. Besides, casurina trees and bushes would be planted.

The highways department would go for an elevated road, similar to expressways and also take up plantation of trees to prevent movement of sand dunes in the area.

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