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India ‘keen’ to restart ferry service between Tamil Nadu and North-East

The Indian government is reported to be keen to restart the ferry service between Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu and Thalaimannar in the North-East of the island, with expectations that Prime Minister Modi’s forthcoming visit to Sri could breathe new life into the project.

The shipping ministry will hold a meeting regarding the service, which has been suspended for over 30 years, with Ircon International, the infrastructure company under the railway ministry, to complete construction work in Talaimannar required for any vessels to dock, The Economic Times reported.

"Ircon needs to construct a wooden pier in Talaimannar based on the same design it used in Rameshawaram. The company or the Tamil Nadu Maritime Board is yet to get into action in this matter," a senior government official told the paper.

A resolution passed by the Northern Provincial Council last year called for transport links to be reestablished, to connect the Tamil homeland to India.

NPC resolution demands transport links between North-East and India (19 February 2014)

Priorities in bi-lateral relations (22 January 2013)

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