Rameswaram: Two teams of fishermen left for Sri Lanka on Wednesday to bring back 18 boats, released on the orders of a court in the island nation, after getting them repaired there, a top fisheries department official said.
One group would go to Karaiyur to bring back 12 boats and the other to Talaimannar to get custody of six boats, Assistant Director of Fisheries M Gopinath said.
He told reporters here that the team, comprising 143 fishermen and boat mechanics, would stay there, repair the boats and bring them back. The total cost for each vessel would come to about Rs 5 lakh, he said, adding the government
was taking all steps to rehabilitate the fishermen.
Gopinath said 20 other seized boats had sunk while being anchored at various ports along the Sri Lankan coast. The team with the boats would be handed over by the Coast Guard to Sri Lanka at the International Maritime boundary line.
Photos: Salman Khan returns from Jodhpur to Mumbai
Pics: Sidharth Shukla-Rashami Desai's sizzling chemistry at TV show launch
Ooh La Lana! WWE Diva flaunts sexy curves in these 30 pictures
15 'peach' perfect photos of Priyanka Chopra at People's Choice Awards 2017
62 going on 16: These photos of Rekha prove she is 'forever young'