PM inaugurates ferry service between Ghogha and Dahej in Guj


After launching the RO-RO ferry service in the poll-bound Gujarat, the prime minister alleged that the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government even made efforts to stall industries and growth in the state.

The Ro-Ro ferry service is the first of its kind in India and is capable of carrying up to 100 vehicles (cars, buses and trucks) and 250 passengers between Ghogha and Dahej ports.

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".

On the day, Modi also laid foundation stones of five major reconstruction projects at Kedarpuri while also attacking the Congress for not allowing him to carry out relief work after the 2013 deluge.

This is Modi's third visit to the state this month. "Its a dream come true for people of Gujarat", he said. "After all reforms and hardcore decisions, the economy of the country is on track and is going in the right direction", Modi said. "But our earlier government did nothing about it", he said.

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The ferry service will reduce the distance from 310 kilometres by road to 30 kilometres.

The Election Commission had, on 12 October, announced that polling for the Assembly elections in Himachal Pradesh will take place on 9 November, but held back the Gujarat polls schedule, only saying that polling in the western state would be held before December 18.

During his speech, Modi also recalled that when he was in school, he had heard about the possibility of starting a ferry service connecting Saurashtra and south Gujarat. He said that after he took over as the chief minister, he changed the existing policies and the process to make the project possible.

"If we have a look at the figures which have come recently, the production of coal, electricity, natural gas and other items has increased tremendously". We have changed that in the last three years. We also thought that the government will also have a part of profit. However, Modi's offer was not accepted.

In Vadodara, Prime Minister is scheduled to inaugurate and lay the foundation stones for eight projects worth over 1,140 crore rupees.