is planning to start a regular passenger ferry service between Cochin and the
Port of Male and an agreement to this effect is likely to be signed during
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the island on June eighth.
distance between the two ports situated on the Arabian Sea is around five
hundred nautical miles and could be covered by ferry sailing at a speed of ten
knots an hour in about 48 hours. The distance could be covered by Air in one
hour twenty five minutes between Kerala capital Tiruvananthapuram and Male.
ferry services used to operate between Chennai and Singapore and Penang but the
services were stopped two decades ago following the fire in the passenger
vessel operated by the shipping corporation of India.
ferry service between Tuticorin port and Colombo started with lot of fan fare a
few years ago has been stopped because of poor patronage.
newspersons ahead of the Prime Minister’s visit to the island a top official of
the external affairs ministry said apart from enhancing connectivity between
the two countries, India is also looking at the possibility of improving inter
island connectivity in Maldives . A group of islands constitute that country.
Indian government is toying with the idea of supplying high speed boats to
enable the students to move from one island to another.
Prime Minister is also expected to inaugurate a coastal surveillance radar
system to be installed in the islands. The system will help monitor white
shipping and help the country to preserve its sovereignty in its exclusive
the agreements to be signed during Prime Minister Modi’s visit to the island
include one on hydrography that will help map the under-Sea resources of the
island nation. The previous government in the island sat over the project for several
years but instead allowed China to build an Observatory.
other agreements on the cards include a Customs Agreement and a White Shipping Agreement.
Relations with India has improved considerably during the last few months that
Pakistani ships which used dock regularly at island ports have not been calling
here for quite some time.