India opens visa centre in Jaffna

People in northern Sri Lanka need not go all the way to Colombo to get visas to visit India with New Delhi today inaugurating a visa centre in Jaffna.

Last Updated: May 05, 2010, 18:04 PM IST

Colombo: People in northern Sri Lanka
need not go all the way to Colombo to get visas to visit India
with New Delhi today inaugurating a visa centre in Jaffna.

Indian High Commissioner Ashok K Kantha inaugurated
the India Visa Application Centre in Jaffna, the cultural
capital of Lankan Tamils.

India is also planning to open a consulate there to
oversee the developmental works it is carrying out in
war-ravaged northern parts.

He said the visa centre would benefit the people of
Jaffna and neighbouring areas.

"This initiative on the part of the High Commission of
India will facilitate the visa applicants to submit their visa
applications in Jaffna and to take delivery of the passports
from the India Visa Application Centre, Jaffna," he said.

Kantha said he hoped the opening of the new India Visa
Application Centre would encourage many more people to obtain
visas to India from this region and travel more frequently to
India.

"This would promote the traditional close ties between
the people of Jaffna and India," he said and reiterated
India`s commitment to promote closer ties between the people
of India and Sri Lanka.

The Government of India also favoured an early
resumption of the ferry service between Talaimannar and
Rameswaram as also between Colombo and Tuticorin, Kantha said.

The centre will be operated by the VFS Global who
have been successfully running the India Visa Application
Centre in Colombo since February 2008.

PTI