INDIA SRI-LANKA PASSENGER FERRY SERVICE
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- After nearly four decades, a passenger ferry service has been reinstated to reconnect India and Sri Lanka.
- This symbolizes a significant diplomatic and economic milestone.
- The service, operated by the government-owned Shipping Corporation of India, runs between Nagapattinam in India and Kankesanthurai in Jaffna, northern Sri Lanka.
- The high-speed craft, Cheriyapani, can carry up to 150 passengers and will make the 60-nautical-mile journey in three to four hours.
- The service is expected to strengthen ties between the two countries and boost trade and tourism.
- It is aligned with the 'neighbour-first' policy, which will fortify India-Sri Lanka ties.
- It will lead to enhanced connectivity that would stimulate trade and tourism between the two countries, especially given Nagapattinam's array of tourist destinations.
Note: Plans are also being considered for a similar service between Rameswaram and Talaimannar.
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