June 14, Colombo: The passenger ferry service resumed between Tuticorin in India and Colombo in Sri Lanka after 30 years will boost tourism and trade and strengthen cultural ties between the two countries, the High Commissioner of India, Ahsok K. Kantha said.
Speaking at the ceremony organized at the passenger terminal at the Colombo Port to mark the occasion of the arrival of the passenger ferry Scotia Prince Tuesday morning, the High Commissioner said the arrival of ferry from Tuticorin represented a concrete outcome of the understanding between the leaders of the two countries.
Indian Union Minister of Shipping G.K. Vasan flagged off Scotia Prince yesterday at Tuticorin.
High Commissioner Kantha and Deputy Minister of Ports and Highways of Sri Lanka Rohitha Abeygunawardana inaugurated the ceremony at the passenger terminal in Colombo and visited the Scotia Prince, a press release from Indian High Commission in Colombo said.
The High Commissioner has said that it was a historic occasion for the two countries.
He has said that ferry services between the two countries were being resumed after about 30 years as a result of an understanding between the Prime Minister of India and the President of Sri Lanka in June 2010 when President Mahinda Rajapaksa visited India.
The two countries have agreed to start the ferry services between Colombo and Tuticorin and between Thalaimannar and Rameswaram in order to speedily restore the traditional links and connectivity between the two countries.
A Memorandum of Understanding had been signed between the two governments on 7 January 2011 to start the services.
The passenger ferry service between Thalaimannar and Rameswaram will commence once the requisite infrastructure is put in place on both sides, the High Commission said.
More details Schedule and online booking of cabins for passenger ferry Scotia Prince visit Sri Lanka Travel & Culture’s Ferry Reservation service page