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* Government plans boat service from Pooneryn to Jaffna
Tue, Mar 30, 2010, 11:18 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 30, Colombo: Sri Lankan government is taking measures to launch a boat service from Pooneryn to Jaffna peninsula across the Jaffna lagoon, for the benefit of the travelers to the peninsula.

Initial reconnaissance activities have been carried out to plan the boat service.

Currently travelers from Pooneryn in main land have to take the A32 and then A9 through Elephant Pass to reach Jaffna, a route that takes at least two and half hours by land.

With a boat service across the lagoon the traveling time will be short and less tiresome to the travelers, especially to the public officials who need to visit the localities for official work.

Initially, the boat service will start from Kalmunai Point to Jaffna town by next month. Two boats will be in service to transport the passengers.

Fishermen Associations in Jaffna and Pooneryn are to assist the authorities on the project.

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