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'First Tuticorin-Colombo ferry service by March '11' - nairrk - 02-20-2011

Tuticorin (TN), Feb 19 : The first passenger ferry service between this port city and Colombo is slated to begin by March after completion of some formalities, Shipping Minister G K Vasan today said.

"The Shipping Ministry is waiting to complete the required formalities. There are lot of technical aspects.

Though we have got the Home Ministry's clearance, some more formalities need to be completed. We want to begin the ferry service as quickly as possible," he told reporters here.

Vasan said around 1.08 lakh passengers are expected to be ferried in the first year and the figure is expected to touch 2.50 lakh over the next five years. "The service will benefit ethnic travellers, students and traders," he said.

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