Plans to resume the Sri Lanka-India ferry service have been abandoned as it will not be economically viable, Ceylon Shipping Corporation (CSC) General Manager Sunil Obadage said.
Lack of adequate facilities at both Tuticorin and Colombo harbours were a cause for concern and at both ends there could be delays in customs clearance, he said.
This service had been started last June but was suspended in November since it was a commercial loss.
Following the suspension of operations in November last year, the CSC and Indian shipping officials had called for Expressions of Interest (EOI) to operate a new ferry service on this route.
However, though there were three responses, the proposals were not viable and had been made by local agents on behalf of foreign investors.comment when asked whether they would question Mr. Wickremasinghe about this aspect.