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.