Tamil Nadu Chief Condemns Ferry Service
By Janith Aranze
A ferry service from Colombo to Tamil Nadu was launched this week. However though the ferry service has just commenced, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalitha Jeyaram, has said that her government was not consulted on the move. In a memorandum given to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh she condemned the decision to launch the service.
“The Tamil Nadu legislative assembly has recently passed a resolution urging the Government of India to initiate action by working with other nations for the imposition of an economic embargo on the Government of Sri Lanka until the Tamils who are now living in camps are resettled in their own places and are allowed to live with dignity and with equal constitutional rights on par with the Sinhalese,” the memorandum noted.
The service which arrives at Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu, takes approximately 14 hours, with all services departing at 6 p.m. As an inaugural offer, a single cabin on the passenger ferry will cost Rs.6600, a cabin for two passengers will cost Rs.12338, while a first class cabin will set passengers back Rs.37813. The ferry service which is being run by the Ceylon Shipping Corporation (CPS) will cease its inaugural offers by 30 June.