India-Sri Lanka Ferry Service

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India-Sri Lanka Ferry Service

News: PM Modi inaugurated an international, high-speed passenger ferry service in Palk Strait between Nagapattinam in Tamil Nadu, India, and Kankesanthurai, near Jaffna in Sri Lanka.

• The service is operated by the Tamil Nadu Maritime Board and Shipping Corporation of India.
• It will operate daily, covering the 60-nautical mile (110-km) journey in approximately 3.5 hours.
• Passengers are entitled to a 50kg free baggage allowance.

About Palk Strait:
• The Palk Strait is a strait that connects the Bay of Bengal in the northeast with Palk Bay in the southwest. The strait is named after Robert Palk, who was a governor of Madras (1755–1763) during the Company Raj period.
• Palk Bay is studded at its southern end with a chain of low islands and reef shoals that are collectively called Ram Setu. This chain extends between Dhanushkodi on Pamban Island (also known as Rameswaram Island) in Tamil Nadu and Mannar Island in Sri Lanka.
• Vaigai River in Tamil Nadu flow into the Palk Strait.

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