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PM Modi to launch Ro-Ro ferry service in Gujarat today: 7 things to know

The first phase of the Ro-Ro ferry service will reduce the distance between Gujarat’s Ghogha and Dahej towns from 310km by road to 30km.

india Updated: Oct 22, 2017 12:00 IST
Agencies, Ahmedabad
Prime Minister Narendra Modi,Ro-Ro ferry service,Gujarat
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is garlanded by supporters at a public rally in Ahmedabad on October 16. Modi’s home state Gujarat is due for assembly elections in December. (Reuters file photo )

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Sunday inaugurate the first phase of the Ghogha-Dahej Ro-Ro ferry service between Saurashtra and the South Gujarat region of his home state.

This is Modi’s third visit to Gujarat, where assembly elections are to be called in coming days.

A few things to know about the “roll-on, roll-off” (Ro-Ro) ferry service described by Modi as his dream project:

1 The Rs 615 crore Ro-Ro ferry service will connect Ghogha in Saurashtra’s Bhavnagar district with Dahej in Bharuch district across the Gulf of Khambhat, also known as the Gulf of Cambay, along the Arabian sea coast.

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. The travel time will be cut by at least five hours.

3 The service will come particularly handy for those working in the diamond cutting and polishing hub of Surat in South Gujarat, as most of these workers belong to the Saurashtra region in the western part of the state.

4 The first phase to be inaugurated on Sunday would be a passenger-only service, Ajay Bhadoo, the chief executive officer of Gujarat Maritime Board that is executing the Ro-Ro project, said.

5 In the second phase, which would be ready in two months, cars, too, would be carried between the two towns.

6 In the final phase, ferries would be able to carry trucks as well.

7 The service was thought of in early 1960s but the foundation stone was laid in 2012 by Modi when he was the chief minister of Gujarat.

First Published: Oct 22, 2017 12:00 IST