The ferry service between Colombo and Tuticorin is expected to commence in two months with the nod given the Ministries concerned in India and Sri Lanka.
Indian media reported that a high level meeting was convened in Tuticorin on the 15th of this month with the associated agencies to assess the degree of preparedness. Officials from Immigration, Customs, Coast Guard, Indian Navy, Marine Police and the intelligence agencies attended the meeting.
They extended cooperation to enhance security. Chairman, Tuticorin Port Trust G.J. Rao, said that the ship to be used for the service was expected to accommodate 500 passengers. The Ferry would take 12 hours to reach Colombo from Tuticorin. Five private agencies had come forward to operate the service. Representations to this effect had been made to the Shipping Corporation of India. Infrastructure at the passenger terminal is being augmented. Screening apparatus were being installed to monitor the proceedings under a scanner for increased surveillance.