SL and India to reintroduce passenger ferry service after four-decade hiatus
January 28, Colombo (LNW): The age-old maritime connections between Sri Lanka and India are poised for rejuvenation as plans are underway to reintroduce a passenger ferry service between the two nations.
The Ministry of Ports, Shipping, and Aviation has officially announced that the ferry service, operating from Kankasanthura in Sri Lanka to Nagapattinam in Tamil Nadu, India, is scheduled to recommence on February 15th, 2024.
This initiative signifies a momentous milestone, marking the resumption of passenger ferry operations after a hiatus of four decades between the two countries.
Previous suspension of the service was attributed to various internal circumstances in Sri Lanka.
With concerted efforts and the approval from the Indian government, the reinstatement of the ferry service heralds a new era in bilateral connectivity.
Moreover, this development is anticipated to provide a cost-effective means of travel to India, fostering enhanced ties and facilitating increased accessibility between the two nations.