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India-Maldives ferry service to begin on 20 September, first boat to arrive on 26

The ferry service between India and the Maldives has been set to begin on 20 September 2020.

India and the Maldives signed the agreement for a ferry service between the two countries during Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi’s visit to the Maldives on in July 2019. An MoU was signed between the two countries to establish a passenger and cargo ferry route between Kochin, India and Kulhudhuffushi City in Maldives.

In an interview with India’s The Hindu news outlet, the Joint Secretary of the Indian Ministry of External Affairs, Amit Narang will be launched from Tuticorin on September 20 and arrive at Kochi on 22 September and start the journey to the Maldives.

The first vessel of the service is set to arrive on 26 September and would be returning to India on 1 October.

In his interview with The Hindu, Amit Narang said that the commencement of the direct dedicated cargo ferry service between India and the Maldives was an important milestone in the geo-economic and political relations between the two countries.

The Maldivian Foreign Ministry has previously said that the new ferry service will benefit the northern atolls, improve the relations between the two countries and make it easier to bring Maldivian products to the Indian market, which in turn would boost the economy and business communities in both countries.