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In poll-bound Gujarat, Modi opens Rs 650 crore ferry service

In poll-bound Gujarat, Modi opens Rs 650 crore ferry service

Talking about the Sagar Mala project, Prime Minister Modi said, "We believe Sagar Mala project alone will provide around 1 crore jobs".

Prime Minister also said that he was personally singling out files and getting those projects completed that were stalled for decades. "Now, those who used to take contracts for ensuring passage of your trucks through the check posts are naturally very angry with me", Modi said.

The Prime Minister alleged that the Union government had tried to shelve the Ro-Ro ferry service, making "structural errors" which had set the project back by years.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Gujarat for a day-long visit today morning for inaugurating a slew of projects in Bhavnagar and Vadodra, the highlight being a ferry service from Ghogha in Bhavnagar district to Dahej in Bharuch. "But the then government at the Centre apparently had reservations about it and I had to return, However, perhaps Baba (Lord Shiva) had decided that the reconstruction around Kedarnath will be done by Baba's son only", he said. Efforts were made to stall industries and the state's growth.

Chief Executive Officer of Gujarat Maritime Board Ajay Bhadoo, said that the first phase of the service is to be inaugurated by Modi on Sunday is meant for passengers. I am also here with regard to a project in the dairy sector, a sector to which we have given vast importance over the last two decades. With the opening of this Rs. 615-crore ferry service, the distance between Saurastra and South Gujarat regions will be less than an hour via-sea route.

Reports state that the ferry will reduce the seven to eight hours of travel time between Ghogha and Dahej to just one hour after the service begins. The prime minister had visited Gujarat on Monday this week when he addressed BJP workers at a rally in Gandhinagar.

Ghogha is located in Bhavnagar district of Saurashtra and lies 17 nautical miles (32 km), across the gulf from Dahej in Bharuch district. Before addressing the public meeting, he also interacted with the school children.

Prime Minister Modi will also lay the foundation stones of several infrastructure and development projects, including capacity expansion of Mundra-Delhi petroleum product pipeline, greenfield marketing terminal project of the HPCL, an integrated transport hub, regional water supply schemes, housing projects, and a flyover.


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