That’s an AP photo with the caption: Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and guests at the start of construction of the canal: “I’m more than happy.”
Since a picture speaks a thousand words, I will not have to comment.
The picture appears in a Spiegel article on the Setusamudram Canal.
The canal will be 167.5 kilometers (104 miles) long and 300 meters (984 miles) wide. Work is moving along quickly, and the estimated €450 million project should be done by 2008. The sailing time of more than 30 hours will be shortened through the canal, container ships will save a considerable amount of diesel fuel and a few ports will flourish with the increased shipping traffic.
Here is a graphic which illustrates the story: