On Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the first phase of the ₹615 crore ‘roll-on-roll-off’ (Ro-Ro) ferry service between Ghogha in Saurashtra and Dahej in south Gujarat.
The first phase was launched by the PM in the presence of Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel.
“This is the first of its kind project not only in India but also in South-East Asia,” Mr. Modi said while addressing the people in the rally.
“This is also a unique project as the State government has used the latest technology to make this ferry service possible,” he added.
“Every day, 12,000 people travel between south Gujarat and Saurashtra while 5000 vehicles ply between these two regions,” said PM Modi emphasizing the importance of ferry service and asserted that will shave off the eight-hour journey time to just an hour.
He then went on to inaugurate development projects and foundations in Vadodara before holding a roadshow across the city.
While speaking in Vadodara, Modi lashed out at the Congress party, which has been vocally raising questions about the delay in announcement of polls by the Election Commission of India (ECI) in Gujarat.
Without mentioning the name of the Congress, Modi said that ‘they’ had no right to question the ECI and said, “They could not tell me anything directly, so they began attacking the Election Commission of India. These are the same people, who when they saw the result of the counting of (Rajya Sabha) election and realized that they had lost, ran to the ECI to plead for a recounting of votes. The ECI considered their plea and allowed recounting. Such people, who won an election because of the ECI have no moral right to question the ECI.”
Modi also warned state governments who were ‘opposed to development’ of receiving ‘no help from the Central government’.