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. Adding that the state acquires a strategic location according to maritime standards, PM Modi said that Gujarat's resources must be utilised to the fullest. "Its a dream come true for people of Gujarat", he said. He said that his government tweaked the policies to make the ferry service a reality. I am also here with regard to a project in the dairy sector, a sector to which we have given enormous importance over the last two decades.
Earlier on October 7, Prime Minister Narendra Modi started his two-day tour to Gujarat by visiting Dwarkadhish temple.
Calling coastal areas as gateways to progress, the prime minister said over the last three years, his government was seeking to harness the opportunities by developing coastal infrastructure.
While talking about the advantages of the ferry service PM Modi said that it will save a lot of time, fuel and will eventually help in getting better connectivity with Delhi and Mumbai.
Ajay Bhadoo, Chief Executive Officer of Gujarat Maritime Board, which is executing the ro-ro project, said the first phase of the service to be inaugurated by Modi on Sunday is meant for passengers.
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The ferry service will reduce the distance from 310 kilometres by road to 30 kilometres.
Due to its peculiar geographical configuration, the Gulf of Cambay has advantage for the operation of Ro-Ro ferry service. Several efforts were made to stall industries and the state's progress.
Modi had last visited Vadodara, a constituency from where he contested the 2014 Lok Sabha election and won by a record margin, on October 22 previous year to inaugurate a new airport terminal building and distribute assistance devices to the divyangjan (specially-abled) people. It is a landmark project in the entire South-East Asian region because it is the first of its kind service.
He is scheduled to travel to Vadodara, where he will inaugurate and lay the foundation stones for eight different projects worth over Rs 1,140 crore.
From Dahej, Modi will travel to Vadodara.