PM Modi will undertake the maiden voyage from Ghogha to Dahej.
Immediately therafter, the Congress had alleged that the government put "pressure" on the poll panel to "delay" the announcement of Gujarat elections to enable the prime minister to act as a "false santa claus" and offer sops, use "jumlas" (rhetoric). "This programme is to bring back to life our glorious past, connect Saurashtra & South Gujarat", said he.
7 The service was thought of in early 1960s but the foundation stone was laid in 2012 by Modi when he was the chief minister of Gujarat.
"This ferry service will not be restricted to this one route". It's a dream come true for people of Gujarat. I am also here with regard to a project in dairy sector, a sector to which we have given vast importance over the last two decades. "I urge people to explore opportunities in animal husbandry", PM Modi added. Speaking on demonetisation, the PM said that the step helped in kick-starting initiatives like Swachchata Abhiyaan. The ferry service can accommodate nearly 1000 passengers and 150 vehicles at the same time will cover the 8-10 hours long journey by road from Saurashtra to South Gujarat in just 30 minutes via the Gulf of Bay.
4 The first phase to be inaugurated on Sunday would be a passenger-only service, Ajay Bhadoo, the chief executive officer of Gujarat Maritime Board that is executing the Ro-Ro project, said. We have changed that in the last three years. Efforts were made to stall industries and Gujarat's growth. We have changed that in the last three years. It is a landmark project in the entire South-East Asian region because it is the first of its kind service. Official sources claim that the second phase will be commissioned by the end of January 2018.
The prime minister will then leave for Vadodara, where he is scheduled to inaugurate and lay the foundation stone for various developmental and infrastructure projects worth more than Rs 1,140 crore, according to reports.