Dec 18, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has permitted a passenger ship to travel from North to South India for the first time in 32 years.
The passenger ship service is made available for ten days from the 2nd to the 12th of January for pilgrims participating in a “Thiruvathirai” Hindu religious festival held in South India.
The government has allowed the ship service on a request made by the Governor of the Northern Province Reginald Cooray and the Sri Lanka Navy and the Ministry of Defense have approved the request.
The pilgrims are required to bear the expenses for the ship fare, visa fees and other charges.
The Governor expressed hope that a permanent ship service between India and Sri Lanka would be commenced in the future.