Published: Mon, October 23, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

PM Modi launches roll-on roll-off project worth Rs 650 crores in Gujarat

PM Modi launches roll-on roll-off project worth Rs 650 crores in Gujarat

"EC has authorised Prime Minister [Narendra Modi] to announce [the] date of [the] Gujarat elections at his last rally", Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram had tweeted.

Stating that the industries should not be located far from the coastal areas, Modi said, "Ro-ro ferry service will give a big boost to coastal shipping and tourism".

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Gujarat on Sunday morning to inaugurate Phase 1 of the Ro-Ro (Roll on, Roll off) ferry service between the two ports of Ghogha and Dahej.

He said that with the beginning of this project, the dream of 6.5 crore Gujaratis has been fulfilled.

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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.

In the second phase, which is expected to be completed in two months, cars can also be carried between the two towns.

During his last visit to Gujarat, PM Modi had called the ro-ro service a dream project, which he planned when he was the chief minister of Gujarat.

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"When I was serving as CM, I faced hostility from the then Central government".

Speaking on the ferry service, which 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, the PM said: "This programme may be for a ferry between Ghogha and Dahej but this programme is of vital importance for the entire nation".

From Dahej, Modi will travel to Vadodara. Vadodara Municipal Commissioner Vinod Rao said Modi will inaugurate a Rs 100 crore city command and control centre in Badamadi Garden and a Rs 125 crore city transport hub and multi-level parking among other projects.

Modi, who won from both Vadodara and Varanasi, later chose to retain the latter.

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PM Modi previously visited the state on October 8 and also on Monday earlier this week. He has been frequently visiting the state, which goes to polls in December this year.

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