The 150-seater passenger ferry from Nagapattinam to Kangesanthurai in Sri Lanka recording only seven bookings just a day after the service was flagged off led to its cancellation on Sunday.
While reasons from the need for better ticket booking platforms to travel visa issues were cited for the poor patronage, the operator announced that the service would now be available only on alternate days till October 20.
On Saturday, HSC Cheriyapani was flagged off with 50 passengers onboard from the mini port in Nagapattinam. Union Ministers Sarbananda Sonowal and S Jaishankar led the ceremony.
The return service the same day from Kangesanthurai saw the passenger footfall at 30. Bookings for the service operated by the Shipping Corporation of India in collaboration with KPVS Private Limited, however, were down to seven on Sunday. The service was hence cancelled.
A source said, “Trips cannot be initiated with less number of passengers. Hence the daily service as earlier planned has been changed to alternate days to limit losses.” The service is currently scheduled for October 16, 18 and 20. Travel enthusiasts cite several reasons for the poor patronage.
A one-way ticket is priced at Rs 7,670.