Sri Lankan court impounds India ferry

Sri Lankan authorities have impounded a luxury ferry that operated the only passenger service to neighbouring India.

Last Updated: Dec 06, 2011, 22:51 PM IST

Colombo: Sri Lankan authorities have
impounded a luxury ferry that operated the only passenger
service to neighbouring India, officials said Tuesday.

The 1,044-passenger Scotia Prince was held while at
anchor outside the port of Colombo following a dispute over
payment to its fuel and food suppliers. No passengers were on
board.

"The service is indefinitely suspended pending court
cases against the Indian operator," a port official said
adding that suppliers both in India and Sri Lanka were
claiming for unpaid bills.

The Scotia Prince reopened the route in June, two years
after the end of the island`s civil war that had disrupted the
service for decades.

The vessel took 14 hours to make the journey to southern
India and was seen as a cheaper alternative to air travel.

Ethnic Tamils in Tamil Nadu share close cultural and
religious links with Sri Lanka`s Tamil minority.

PTI