Fresh expressions of interests for IndoLanka ferry service

The Government is to call for fresh Expressions Of Interests (EOIS) to resume the ferry service between India and Sri Lanka, Ports and Shipping Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe told the Colombo Gazette.Expressions of interests had been called for earlier but a positive response had not been received. The Indo-Lanka ferry service was suspended in 2012. In 2015 India said it was prepared to resume the operation of a ferry service between Colombo and Tuticorin and it was up to the Sri Lankan Government to take a final decision in this connection.Recently Tamil Nadu made fresh efforts to re-establish sea links with Sri Lanka. The state government wrote to the ministry of external affairs in India to take steps to resume the ferry service between both countries. As a result a proposal made by Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe to cancel the current procurement 17 process and to recall EOIS, has been approved by the cabinet. The British began the first ferry service between Sri Lanka and India in 1914.  The route was patronised by both Indian and Lankan traders and tourists. (Colombo Gazette)

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