Prime minister recently launched a new way of development i.e his dream project for his hometown well known as ro ro project. This is fully called “roll-on, roll-off (Ro-Ro)” ferry service. The idea of a ferry service dates the back the too early 1960s. But it was started in January 2012, when PM Modi was the Chief Minister of Gujarat. Underscoring the need for better use of waterways, PM Modi said, Our new mantra is “P for P — Ports for Prosperity”.
Sadly, our transport sector was not integrated enough. We have changed that in the last three years. The goal is to make our transport sector integrated and state of the art: PM @narendramodi pic.twitter.com/ac5uY3yhQc
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) October 22, 2017
This new Ro-Ro ferry service will reduce the travel distance between Ghogha and Dahej towns in Gujarat. Though the idea of such a ferry was The idea of the ferry service was initially conceived in the early 1960s. The foundation stone for the project was laid by PM Modi (then CM of Gujarat) in January 2012.
The ferry, the first of its kind in India, will be able to carry up to 100 vehicles (cars, buses and trucks) and 250 passengers between the two ports. An earlier attempt, made by a private firm with support from the state government, to launch a modern passenger ferry service (the “Kutch-Sagar Setu”) between Okha in Devbhumi Dwarka district and Mandavi in Kutch district across the Gulf of Kutch in 2016, had to be suspended after it faced technical and financial challenges.
Why is the project important?
Over the years, lakhs of people from the Saurashtra districts of Bhavnagar, Armeli and Rajkot have migrated to Surat in South Gujarat to work in the diamond and textiles industries. The shortest road distance between Bhavnagar and Surat is around 360 km, and the journey takes 8-10 hours. But Ghogha is just 25 km from Bhavnagar, and Dahej is 120 km from Surat — the ferry service can, therefore, cut the distance between the two cities to around 170 km, and the travel time by half.
How is the project politically important?
Surat’s diamond industry is controlled by Patidars who have migrated from Saurashtra. Patidars have been seeking OBC status and quota benefits in jobs; Surat has seen largescale violence, and a number of BJP events have been interrupted by protesters. Surat’s textile traders, too, have protested vehemently against the Goods and Services Tax. The ferry service could be seen as the BJP’s attempt to assuage them.
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- “This is the first of its kind project not only in India but also in South-East Asia,” Modi said at the rally which comes ahead of the Assembly polls in the state. “This is also a unique project as the state government has used the latest technology to make this ferry service possible
- The RO-Ro ferry means Roll on and Roll off ferry ships which are vessels designed to carry wheeled cargo, such as cars, buses and even people. This is in contrast to lift-on/lift-off which is known as LoLo vessels, which need a crane to load and unload the cargo or vehicles.
- The distance is the main benefit as the 360 km way is just cut down to 31-km ride between Ghogha and Dahej in the Gulf of Cambay. It means that the travelling time which used to be seven to eight hours has been reduced to just one hour.
- The ferry has been constructed at the cost of Rs 614 crore, and the Centre has provided an aid of Rs 117 crore for the project.
- The vessel can carry up to 80 trucks (heavy motor vehicles) and 100 light motor vehicles. It can also carry 500 people in the ferry.
- However, the first phase of the work has been launched to carry people on the ferry. With the completion of the second phase of work, even vehicles will be ferried.
- The tenders for the project were invited by the Gujarat government body in charge of marine and ports affairs in 2011 for a ferry along Gujarat’s 1,600 km coastline.
- In 2016, a private company had tried to build a similar ferry service with the name Kutch-Sagar Setu, but due to technical and financial problems, the project did not take off in Gujarat.
- In the second phase, light vehicles can also be carried aboard the ferries.Official sources claim that the second phase will be commissioned by the end of January 2018.
- In the final phase, the ferries would also have a facility to carry trucks between the two regions.