Prime Minister Narendra Modi today inaugurated the first phase of ambitious Ghogha-Dahej Roll-on Roll-off ferry service at Ghogha in Bhavnagar district in Gujarat. Mr Modi on the occasion addressing a gathering at Ghogha said this ferry service is a first of sorts and a dream for the people of Gujarat which became reality now. He said it will connect Saurashtra and South Gujarat and save the time and fuel.
The Prime Minister said, when he was the Chief Minister of Gujarat, he had faced hostility from the then Central Government and efforts were made to stall industries and the state’s growth. Mr Modi said, the Central government has changed the situation in the last three years and given importance to the development of the state.
He said it has also taken steps in developing coastal infrastructure.
With the opening of this 615-cores rupees ferry service, the distance between Saurashtra and South Gujarat regions could be covered in less than an hour via-sea route. This passenger movement service reduced the distance between the Ghogha and Dahej from 310 kilometres by road to just 30 kilometres, which can be covered in one hour.
This ferry project will be environment-friendly and help in saving fuel. During the second phase of the RO-RO project, vehicles could be carried between Ghogha and Dahej.
The Prime Minister also dedicated Sarvottam cattle feed plant of Shree Bhavnagar District Cooperative Milk Producers Union Ltd at Ghogha in Bhavnagar district.
The Prime Minister in Ghogha said the government has given immense importance to the dairy sector over the last two decades. He also urged people to explore opportunities in animal husbandry. Later at Vadodara, Mr Modi is scheduled to inaugurate and lay the foundation stones for projects worth over 1,140 crore rupees. He will also address a public meeting at Navlakhi gound in Vadodara.