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Tamil Nadu-Sri Lanka Ferry service flagged off. Check ticket prices, inaugural offers, and more

So far, 30 passengers have already booked the trip at this offer price, officials of the Nagapattinam Shipping Harbour Department said.

Union Minister of Ports, Shipping & Waterways and Ayush, Sarbananda Sonowal flags off the Ferry service between Tamil Nadu's Nagapattinam and Sri Lanka's Kankesanturai. (Photo: ANI)Premium
Union Minister of Ports, Shipping & Waterways and Ayush, Sarbananda Sonowal flags off the Ferry service between Tamil Nadu's Nagapattinam and Sri Lanka's Kankesanturai. (Photo: ANI)

A passenger ferry service from Nagapattinam to Sri Lanka flagged off on Saturday.

As reported by ANI, Union Minister of Ports, Shipping & Waterways and Ayush, Sarbananda Sonowal flags off the Ferry service between Tamil Nadu's Nagapattinam and Sri Lanka's Kankesanturai.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “We are embarking on a new chapter in the diplomatic and economic relations between India and Sri Lanka. The launch of a ferry service between Nagapattinam and Kankesanturai is an important milestone in strengthening our relations."

Also Read: India-Sri Lanka ferry service: 'Embarking new diplomatic chapter,' says PM Modi

However, officials from the Nagapattinam Shipping Harbour Department announced on Thursday that they are introducing a special fare of 2,800, which includes 2,375 and an 18% tax, as a promotional offer for passengers traveling on the ferry on October 14th (for a single day). This rate represents a 75% reduction from the regular price.

Initially, the ticket cost for the journey to Sri Lanka was established at 7,670 per person, inclusive of 6,500 and an 18% GST.

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According to the official, a total of 30 passengers have already made reservations at this discounted rate for the trip.

Originally, the passenger transportation ship, after a four-decade hiatus, was initially planned to embark on its journey on October 10, 2023. However, due to an administrative issue, the departure was rescheduled to October 12 and subsequently postponed once more to October 14, ANI reported.

“The discussions on strengthening connectivity and resumption of ferry services between the two countries were held virtually by the India-Sri Lanka Joint Committee on July 14 this year", as per a press release issued by the High Commission of India, Colombo.

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The India-Sri Lanka Joint Committee was established under the MoU on Passenger Transportation by Sea.

The productive discussions focused on the resumption of ferry services between the two countries connecting mutually agreed points. Both sides agreed that the resumption of ferry services would boost regional trade and tourism and promote stronger people-to-people ties, the release stated.

(With inputs from ANI)

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Published: 13 Oct 2023, 11:35 AM IST
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