Ahmedabad, Oct 22: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday, inaugurated the first phase of the the Ghogha-Dahej Ro-Ro ferry service between Saurashtra and the South Gujarat region, during his his third visit to the poll-bound state.
While addressing a public meeting in Bhavnagar District, he said “I am happy to be in Gujarat to personally convey new year greetings. This programme may be for a ferry between Ghogha and Dahej but this programme is of vital importance for the entire nation”.
He asserted, it were his efforts that gave birth to this ferry service which he had heard about only in his school days.
“Ferry service is a first of sorts. Its a dream come true for people of Gujarat. I am also here with regard to a project in dairy sector, a sector to which we have given immense importance over the last two decades. I urge people to explore opportunities in animal husbandry”, he added.
The 31 km roll-on, roll-off” (Ro-Ro) ferry service connects Ghogha to Dahej in Bharuch district across the Gulf of Khambhat.
The idea of the ferry service was first conceived in early 1960s. The foundation stone for current works was laid by Modi in 2012 when he was the Chief Minister of Gujarat.
The facility will reduce a 360-km distance to 31 km or a journey of seven hours to one hour.
In the first phase, only passenger services would commence, while after the completion of the second phase, light vehicles can also be carried aboard the ferries.
The second phase is expected to be commissioned by the end of January 2018.
Later in a day, Modi will visit Vadodara to address a public rally at the sprawling Navlakhi Grounds.
He is scheduled to lay foundation stones and inaugurate projects worth Rs 1,140 crore in Vadodara ahead of a 14km road show to the Vadodara airport, and then will head to New Delhi.