Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva says the passenger ferry service connecting India’s Nagapattinam and Kankesanthurai will commence operations tomorrow.

A trial session of the service was conducted on August 10, 2023.
As per the schedule, the passenger vessel named “Cheriyapani” is set to depart from Nagapattinam Port to Kankesanthurai Port tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. The maiden voyage will carry approximately 50 passengers, and the vessel is scheduled to return to Nagapattinam at 4:00 PM on the same day.
“Cheriyapani,” measuring 35 metres in length and 9.6 metres in height, is owned by the Shipping Corporation of India (S.C.I.) and can accommodate 150 passengers.
The journey from Nagapattinam to Kankesanthurai Port is approximately four hours.
with a one-way ticket costing 26,750 Sri Lankan rupees and a round-trip ticket priced at 53,500 Sri Lankan rupees. The operators of the passenger ferry service have indicated that each passenger is allowed
to carry up to 50 kilogrammes of luggage. The operation and marketing of this ferry service are managed by a Sri Lankan company called “Asha Agency Ltd.” and a ticket sales agent has also been appointed in  Jaffna.