The Minister of Ports, Shipping and Aviation NImal SiriPala de Silva said that the passenger ferry service between Nagapattinam in India and Kankasanthurai in Jaffna will be started on February 15.
The Government of India has given permission to resume services on February 15, thus completing preliminary programs to start the service.
The ferry service was officially launched on October 20, 2023, with the arrival of the passenger vessel ‘Cheriyapani’ at the port of Kankasanthure, resuming the ferry service between the two countries after a gap of 40 years.
‘Cheriyapani’ is a ship owned by the Shipping Corporation of India (SCI) with a capacity of 150 passengers. The journey from Nagapatnam to Kankasanthure Port takes approximately four hours. It costs Sri Lanka Rupees 26,750 for one destination.