On Pm Modi’s third visit to Gujarat this month, the first phase of the Roll-on Roll-off ferry service has been inaugurated in the state. The service is going to connect Saurashtra region with south Gujarat. After the inauguration, Mr. Modi himself took a ferry ride from Ghogha to Dahej accompanied by 100 visually-impaired kids from Bhavnagar.
This “dream project” of PM Modi is being touted as one of a kind venture not only in India but in the entire South-East Asia. Built with the latest technology, the foundation of the service was laid down by Mr. Narendra Modi back in 2012. However, the then central government had raised issues like environmental concerns to obstruct the work.
Prime Minister also hailed the project as a gift to India from Ghogha and said that it’s going to add value to the nation. He also pointed out that if the former central government led by UPA had realized the importance of the ocean route then the people residing in the area would not have to leave home to work in cities.
Coming back to the service, the first phase will witness passengers ferrying between Ghogha and Dahej. 2 months later, the second phase will allow light vehicles to be transported whereas the third phase will facilitate the mobilization of heavy vehicles like trucks.
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The ferry service will considerably reduce the distance from 310 kms to just 30 kms. Furthermore, it will reduce dependence on roads, thereby relaxing the traffic to a great extent. The two ships namely MV Jay Sophia and Island Jed will be carrying 300 and 239 passengers, respectively.
Talking about the cost, the ro-ro ferry service is worth INR 650 Crores. The Sarvottam Dairy Cattle Feed plant has been already inaugurated. Besides, he is planning to come up with a lot more development projects in Vadodara worth thousand crores. In addition, the foundation of various projects in places like Rajkot, Gandhinagar, Vadnagar, and Bharuch have been initiated.