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Ports Ministry Initiates Reconstruction of Talaimannar Pier for India Passenger Vessel Service

The Ports, Shipping, and Aviation Ministry of Sri Lanka have set in motion plans to reconstruct the Talaimannar Pier, enabling passenger vessels to operate between Talaimannar and Rameswaram, India. The pier had been destroyed and abandoned during the conflict era in the North.

Under the guidance of Ports, Shipping, and Aviation Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva, the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) has been entrusted with the task of reconstructing the pier, with an estimated investment of Rs. 1,800 million.

Concurrently, around 10 acres of government-owned land adjacent to the port will be acquired to facilitate port infrastructure development, including the construction of a modern passenger terminal and warehouse facilities. These developments will be carried out under Public-Private Partnership (PPP), with Request for Proposals (RFPs) being called for the investments.

In the past, a passenger ferry service operated between Talaimannar and Danushukodi, but the Dhanuskodi Port was severely damaged by cyclones. Presently, India has completed developments at the Rameswaram Port and has obtained clearance from the Indian Government to commence a passenger ferry service between Mannar and Rameswaram.

To kickstart the project and conduct necessary assessments, Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva conducted a special visit to the port on August 4. During the inspection visit, the Minister also participated in a discussion to address project-related issues.

The Minister emphasized that the reconstruction of the Talaimannar Pier will rekindle the close ties between the two neighboring countries. He highlighted that the launch of the ferry service between Talaimannar and Rameswaram will offer affordable travel options for Sri Lankan pilgrims to India and foster bilateral trade by facilitating the exchange of goods.

Various officials, including SLPA Chairman Keith Bernard, Vice Chairman Gayan Algewattege, and representatives from the Sri Lanka Navy, were present at the event to support the endeavor. The reconstruction of the Talaimannar Pier marks a significant step towards enhancing connectivity and cooperation between Sri Lanka and India.

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