The online booking of the Ghogha-Hazira Row-Pax ferry service, which can be launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 8, was alleged to start from November 3, but the Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB) and ferry operator Indigo Sea-Ways Pvt. Meanwhile, the stalemate over the terms of the agreement wasn’t resolved. Online booking for the ferry began late within the evening with the withdrawal of controversial terms from the contract and therefore the signing of the contract. There were 18,000 inquiries on the web site on the primary day of booking.
The Ghogha-Dahej Row-Pax ferry service was in turmoil thanks to dredging failure, causing crores of rupees to ferry operator Indigo Sewage. As a result, the operator filed a suit for damages of Rs 200 crore.
Following the suggestions of the Empowered Committee, the Ghogha-Dahej project was scrapped and therefore the project was acquired by the Union Shipping Ministry from GMB to run a Ro-Pax ferry service between Ghogha-Hazira, and therefore the project was handed over to Dindayal Port Trust (DPT) Kandla. Now it’s necessary to form a supplementary agreement within the concessional agreement between GMB-Indigo Sewage to run the Ghogha-Hazira project.
This included the manipulation of the GMB and therefore the verbal, agreement, correspondence, receipts, report of the Empowered Committee and minutes signed between the 2 parties before the new agreement was signed. it had been opposed by the operator and a standoff ensued between the 2 parties.
As previously announced, online booking of the Ghogha-Hazira ferry service was scheduled to start from November 3, but it couldn’t start all day, so there has heavy inquiry from passengers and it flooded the website with inquiries.
GMB wrongly selected the site of Dahej, and 3000 million rupees washed in water. Surprisingly GMB as on date not set any inquiry nor taken any action against responsible officer who have committed mistakes.
Union shipping Minister Mansukh Mandaviya cleverly snatched entire project from state government and reason why it is going in reality from 8th November.