Thursday, 15 November, 2018

PM inaugurates India's first Ro-Ro service in Gujarat

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Andrew Cummings | 23 October, 2017, 04:55

PM Modi inaugurated the Rs 615 crore, 31km "roll-on, roll-off" (Ro-Ro) ferry service between Ghogha in Bhavnagar and Dahej in Bharuch district across the Gulf of Khambhat.

This is PM Modi's third visit to the state in a month, where assembly elections will be held soon.

Targeting the opposition, he said that the previous government's approach on the project was such that it would never have succeeded. Immediately thereafter, the Congress had alleged that the government put "pressure" on the poll panel to "delay" the announcement of Gujarat elections to enable the prime minister to act as a "false santa claus" and offer sops and use "jumlas" (rhetoric). "This ferry service connects Saurashtra and South Gujarat.people from these regions frequently travel to and fro".

According to Modi, development of such ambitious projects were not progressed under previous governments due to their wrong approach of leaving everything on the private sector. He said they insisted that the Ro-Ro service provider needs to build terminals. He also spoke about developing the ports infrastructure and said that proper connectivity is required for the proper economic development of the nation.

The ferry service has been hanging fire for various technical and financial issues since 1995 and was first conceived in the early 1960s.

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Describing it as his dream project, Modi said the ferry service was his "invaluable gift to India" and claimed that the even for South-East Asia, this was the first project of its size. "The ferry service is a first of its kind".

"We are planning to link other places also through ferries", he assured the people at the gathering.

2 The service is expected to reduce the distance between the two coastal towns from 310km by road to 30 km, saving time and money.

6 In the final phase, ferries would be able to carry trucks as well. He said it was his efforts that gave birth to this ferry service which he had heard about only in his school days. Gogha is on the western coast of the Gulf of Cambay nearly opposite to Dahej. Gogha is located about 20 km to the South of Bhavnagar.

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