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Indo-Lanka Ferry deal draft ready

Aug 22, 2010 6:06:41 AM - itnnews.lk

India and Sri Lanka have prepared the draft of an agreement to resume ferry services across the narrow strip of water separating the two countries.

India’s High Commissioner the Indian envoy in Colombo Ashok Kantha said they had finalised the draft of the agreement. He pointed out that the two countries had agreed in principle on starting the ferry services. The proposal is to revive a ferry service disrupted by the island’s terrorist conflict and start new services. The conflict disrupted the ferry service between Talaimannar, on Sri Lanka’s north-west, and Rameshwaram, in South India.

India is giving a loan to Sri Lanka to rebuild a rail track to Talaimannar with the contract being awarded to IRCON, an Indian government-owned firm. The Indian Envoy said the two countries also plan to start ferry services between Colombo port and the southern Indian ports of Cochin and Tuticorin.