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India to start several ferry services with SL

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has underlined the need for seamless connectivity in the SAARC region and we are keen to start several ferry services between India and Sri Lanka, said Y. K. Sinha, High Commissioner of India.

Speaking at the India-Sri Lanka Maritime Forum at Hotel Galadari last evening, he said that Maritime links contribute to enhanced connectivity in the region.

“We are keen to re-commence ferry service between Colombo and Tuticorin. There is also substantial interest in commencing ferry/cruise services between Colombo and Kochi, continuing on to Male in Maldives. We support such endeavors.”

“Another sector where we are working to commence ferry services is the Talaimannar-Rameswaram sector.”

“The railway track upto Talaimannar has been rehabilitated under the Indian Line. Once ferry services recommence between Talaimannar and Rameswaram, Sri Lankans can travel from Hambantota in South Sri Lanka to the Northern tip of India by a combination of rail and ferry service.”

“Rehabilitation of Kankesanthurai (KKS) Harbour project is being carried out by the Dredging Corporation of India and completed in May 2013. Once KKS Harbour is fully rehabilitated, it could be used as a commercial port facilitating movement of cargo and passengers between Southern India and Northern Sri Lanka, reviving a maritime link that flourished since time immemorial.”

“The Government of Sri Lanka plans to develop Trincomalee as a petroleum hub. India is willing to work for establishment of special economic and manufacturing zones anchored by Indian investments in areas like light engineering products, automobile components and pharma, in Trincomalee.”

“Another area where India and Sri Lanka are working closely is the maritime security domain, where our convergent interests have led to fruitful cooperation,” he said.

“The Colombo Port is a major transshipment hub for cargo originating from or destined to India. We are happy to see this and are willing to contribute to the development of Colombo Port,” he said. 

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