The response to the ferry service between Nagapatinam and Kankesanthurai to meet the transport requirement of theTamil populations living in both countries has been modest considering the stiff fares for travel by a boat. Frequent attacks on Indian fishermen along the coast has not contributed to conducive climate for travel between the two countries according to travel industry sources
Conceived as a daily service when it was inaugurated by the Ports Minister Sarbananda Sonawal on October 14th, the shipping corporation of India vessel Cheriyapani has completed hardly four voyages on October 14, 16, 18th and 20.
High cost of the ferry with one way ticket costing as high as Rs 5500 per person, it is not likely that the service would be popular. The air fare from Chennai to Palaly airport in Jaffna works out cheaper than the ferry service. While the ferry takes six hours to reach the Sri lankan port, duration of the flight is less than an hour.
A similar ferry service between Colombo and VOC Port Tuticorin introduced a few years ago was abandoned because of poor patronage.