After a gap of nearly three decades, the ferry service between India and Sri Lanka was restarted when ‘MV Scotia Prince’ left Tuticorin yesterday afternoon and reached the Colombo harbor this morning carrying over 200 passengers.
Just prior to the arrival of the Ferry, the Passenger terminal at the Colombo harbor that was closed for 30 years was opened.
The ferry service across the Palk Straits was first started by noted nationalist VO Chidambaranar or VOC way back in 1907 between Dhanuskodi and Talaimannar in Lanka.
It was cancelled in 1964 when a super cyclone destroyed the Dhanuskodi port, after which it was shifted to Rameshwaram. It was operational till the early 80s when the civil conflict between the Tamil rebels and the government worsened.
Comments - 13
Ari Tuesday, 14 June 2011 09:46 AM
Happily, this is part of the overall peace dividend and normalization process!
xlntgson Tuesday, 14 June 2011 10:03 AM
Oh! At last the ferry sailed, despite all pessimism, I too was pessimistic!
local man Tuesday, 14 June 2011 10:00 AM
linde inna gemba approach
Podi eka Tuesday, 14 June 2011 10:07 AM
we was bit safe coz of island. but now... H.I.V. will increase
Bumba Tuesday, 14 June 2011 03:40 AM
local boy Tuesday, 14 June 2011 03:52 AM
It would be an awesome journey
Ryan Tuesday, 14 June 2011 04:31 AM
Hey JVP guys: the indian influence is coming
Konde Bendapuchhena Tuesday, 14 June 2011 04:54 AM
What about Ferry from Taleimanner
Sampath Siriwardena Tuesday, 14 June 2011 04:57 AM
I think it is a good move.
Regi Tuesday, 14 June 2011 05:22 AM
Authorities should keep an extra eye on the group of people who smuggle goods to and from India
haroon Tuesday, 14 June 2011 05:22 AM
Isnt it cheaper to travel by air . Spending 14 hours at sea makes this a most teadious journey. Better if the Talaimannar /Rameswaram ferry service is commenced asap.
Hemantha Tuesday, 14 June 2011 05:33 AM
Why Srilanka still couldnt find a Good Ferry...?
ravscham Tuesday, 14 June 2011 05:46 AM
Whole India will be in SL making an Indian province. Our quality of life will decline with the influence.
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