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PM inaugurates Phase 1 of RO RO Ferry Service between Ghogha and Dahej, travels in maiden voyage of the service

Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, inaugurated Phase 1 of the RO RO (Roll on, Roll off) ferry service between Ghogha and Dahej. This ferry service shall reduce the travel time between Ghogha in Saurashtra, and Dahej in South Gujarat, from about seven or eight hours, to just over an hour. Phase 1, inaugurated today, enables passenger movement. When fully operationalized, this ferry service will also enable movement of vehicles.

Addressing a large gathering on the occasion, the Prime Minister said programme, for the launch of a ferry between Ghogha and Dahej, is of vital importance for the entire nation. Noting that this ferry service is a first of sorts, the Prime Minister said it is a dream come true for people of Gujarat.

Describing the roll on roll off ferry service in the Gulf of Cambay as a unique model for other states, the Prime Minister said he had to struggle hard for the completion of the project because of hostilities of the previous central government.

He said efforts were made to stall industries and Gujarat's growth. Over the last three years, we have changed that giving due importance to Gujarat. He wanted the service to commence when he became the chief minister of the state nearly ten years ago.

The then central government wanted the Ro Ro ferry service operators to build terminals. How can bus operators and airline services be asked to construct bus stands and airports?  The present government at the centre has changed the policy and took upon itself the task of building the terminals and the dredging work.

The operations of the terminal will be handed over to private operators and the government will share the profits.

He also announced the formation of alternative roads to connect Bhavnagar and Alang ship breaking yard to ease the increasing traffic in this section. The roads leading to all the ports in Gujarat will also be widened shortly he said. He slammed the previous central government for not focussing on Ports which are gateways for the country's development.

This programme is to bring back to life Gujaratís glorious past; and connect Saurashtra with South Gujarat, the Prime Minister said. The Prime Minister said that people from these two regions frequently travel to and fro; and this ferry service will save a lot of time, as well as fuel.

The Prime Minister said that in the last three years, a lot of importance has been given to the development of Gujarat. He said Gujarat has a long coastline, and we should harness the opportunities that arise out of this. He said that steps have been taken in developing coastal infrastructure.

This ferry service too, he added, would not be restricted to this one route. He said that other places too would be linked through ferries. He said the goal of the Union Government is to make the transport sector integrated, and state-of-the-art.

The Prime Minister travelled on the maiden voyage of this service, from Ghogha to Dahej. During this voyage, he was given a briefing about the ship, and the ferry service.

Addressing a gathering in Dahej, the Prime Minister said that the Government's vision is ports for prosperity. India needs better ports and more ports, he added. Without proper connectivity, the economic development of a nation slows down, he asserted, adding that the Government has focused on port infrastructure.

The Prime Minister mentioned the Government's stress on the blue economy, which he said is integral to the vision of a new India.


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