Gujarat's maritime development a 'model' for entire nation: PM Modi

"When I was serving as the chief minister of Gujarat in 2012, I faced hostility from the then Central Government. They had threatened to lock all our industries in the name of environment". We came to power in Gujarat and changed the policies to encourage private investments in the ferry services.

"A special thanks to my team for successfully executing a project that will stand up to extreme tidal variations and inhospitable weather conditions, as also enable South Asia's first truly world-class Ro-Ro ferry service", EPC Constructions India CEO Shailesh Sawa said.

Talking about the developmental works being done in Kedarnath after the 2013 tragedy, Modi said, "Through the work we are doing in Kedarnath, we want to show how an ideal "Tirth Kshetra" should be, how it should be pilgrim friendly and (that) the well-being of the priests should be given importance".

Mr Modi will inaugurate the first phase of the 615 crore rupees Roll-on Roll-off (Ro Ro) ferry service between Ghogha in Bhavnagar district and Dahej in Bharuch in the Gulf of Cambay.

The dream of 6.5 crore Gujaratis had come true as the ferry service would lead to social and economic development in the region and bring thousands of new job opportunities, he said. We are planning to link other places also through ferries.

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"This ferry service will not be restricted to this one route". Stressing that "service to nation was service to god", Modi took a pledge to devote himself to realising the dream of a "developed India" by the time the country marks 75 years of freedom, in 2022.

Modi also stated that once successful, similar ferry services will be carried out to connect other coastal towns of Hazira in Surat, Pipavav, Jafrabad, Daman & Diu besides connecting with Mumbai.

The state of the art vessel will have the capacity to carry about 70 trucks, 100 four-wheeler and about 500 passengers. After the inauguration of the Phase 1 of the service, Modi travelled in the Maiden voyage of the service from Ghogha to Dahej. Several school children also accompanied the Prime Minister on his journey in the ferry from Bhavnagar to Bharuch.

The opposition parties have alleged that the poll panel has given time to the ruling BJP to announce sops for the people of Gujarat.


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