Ferry Services to Commence Between India and Maldives
Maldives Promotion House – According to reports India and Maldives has decided to launch a ferry service. The Passenger and cargo ferry service will travel between the Kochi port of India and Malé, the capital of Maldives. The Indian shipping ministry has reported plans to operate two biweekly services in this sector and it is expected to start operations within a few weeks.
“Cochin Port will soon invite private operators interested in operating the service,” Secretary of Shipping Ministry of India, K. Mohandas said. The agreement was made during July of this year, by a delegation led by Mohandas and Mohamed Latheef, the Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Transport and Communication of Maldives. It was also discussed during the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit, and both the governments took the decision to complete the preliminary work for the service by the end of this year.
“Currently a relatively smaller ferry is operating between Tuticorin and Male through the shallow waters of the Palk Strait. It transports vegetables and groceries from Tamil Nadu. The new service is expected to improve the trade between India and Maldives, and groceries from south Tamil Nadu could be sent to Maldives markets on relatively bigger ferry from Kochi. Using a larger vessel would also bring down the cost of transportation,” senior official at Cochin Port Trust (CPT) said.