Modi inaugurates Ro-Ro ferry services in Gujarat

The Kedarnath shrine in Uttarakhand will be closed for winter after PM Modi's visit

Bhavnagar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that he had to face the hostility of the Centre when he was the chief minister of Gujarat in 2012.

"We are planning to link other places", he said, noting that plans were afoot to expand the service to Hazira and the union territory Diu-Daman at a later stage and various places in Saurashtra. The history of human civilization, Modi said, illustrated the vitality of rivers and maritime trade in India but was not given due attention by previous governments. "Our government made a decision to build the terminals and provide suitable infrastructure to private operators".

Sagar Mala project is a strategic and customer-oriented initiative of the Government of India to modernise India's ports so that port-led development can be augmented and coastlines can be developed to contribute in India's growth. The then Uttrakhand chief minister and officials agreed and I announced the same to the media.

The ferry service that had been getting delayed for various technical and financial issues since 1995 was first thought of in the early 1960s.

The prime minister will then leave for Vadodara, where he is scheduled to inaugurate and lay the foundation stone for various developmental and infrastructure projects worth more than Rs 1,140 crore, according to reports. It is a landmark project in the entire South-East Asian region because it is the first of its kind service.




"This ferry service will not be restricted to this one route".

The seven to eight hours of travel time between Ghogha in Saurashtra, and Dahej in South Gujarat will now be reduced to one hour after the ferry service has become operational. Emphasizing on the importance of waterways and coastal tourism, PM said that promoting water tourism will help reduce logistics cost and will help people save valuable traveling time.

8- In the second phase, light vehicles can also be carried aboard the ferries.

The state of the art vessel will have the capacity to carry about 70 trucks, 100 four-wheeler and about 500 passengers. The Dahej terminal is on the northern shore of the Narmada estuary some 6 km from the town of Dahej. Gogha is on the western coast of the Gulf of Cambay nearly opposite to Dahej.

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