The Tamil Nadu government will submit a memorandum to the Union Shipping Ministry, seeking development of infrastructure at Rameswaram to launch ferry service from Rameswaram to Sri Lanka again under the Sagarmala funding. It will also be seeking improvement of the existing Pamban canal, which links the Palk Bay and Gulf of Mannar, to ensure east-west connectivity for medium-sized vessels.
The State government will submit the memorandum to Union Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari during his interaction with Chief Minister Edapaddi Palaniswami in the city on Thursday.
It is learnt that the government is looking at a fresh site at Rameswaram for open sea jetty along with a passenger ferry facility.
Initially, the ferry service was operated from Dhanushkodi to Thalaimannar for a distance of 30 nautical miles. The usual travel time would be 150 minutes. After the cyclone destroyed the infrastructure at Dhanushkodi in 1964, the entire facility was operated from Rameswaram. Read More…