While inaugurating Ro-Pax ferry service between Ghogha and Hazira, Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi said that “we are performing on waterways transport and to specialise at work we are getting to change the portfolio name of the Ministry of Shipping to the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways.”
On Sunday at both ends of Hazira and Ghogha inauguration programme was held and Narendra Modi flagged off ferry service virtually from PMO.
Narendra Modi once more asked people to adopt the mantra of “vocal for local” and urged to utilize local products during forthcoming festivals. Modi also added that with sea-based transportation we will boost the blue economy, cost of logistics can also reduce dramatically.
Union shipping minister of India, Mansukh Mandaviya while addressing the function at Hazira said that “with the Ghogha-Hazira Ro-Pax ferry service, road traffic is going to be reduced and may save plenty of fuel, and it’ll directly benefit the environment as well.”
Earlier, this ferry ship used between Ghogha and Dahej, but thanks to heavy siltation problems, this route was dropped by the government Experts on the Ro-Pax ferry said that, during a pre-feasibility survey, experts opined the priority route of Ghogha-Suvali (Hazira), but government officers forcefully admitted the route of Ghogha-Dahej.
Within 2 years of performing on the Ro-Pax ferry, on many occasions at Dahej, the ship was facing water draft problems, and therefore, the government had dropped Dahej thanks to heavy siltation.
Then Hazira happened, Adani group allocated all the infrastructure required for Ro-Pax ferry service and within three months. On Sunday the prime minister of India flagged off the ferry ship.
For consecutive next 10 days, the ferry is fully booked and receiving overwhelming response from citizens of South Gujarat and Saurashtra.
Farmer Dineshbhai Vaghela opined that “Earlier, we were sending our vegetable and fruits to South Gujarat market by road, it had been a time-consuming journey and lots of times our products get damage, but now with this ferry service we will send our products easily and fresh vegetable can get by South Gujarat vendors as well.”
Ashishbhai Solanki, a transporter and operating a business from Bhavnagar. He said that “we have dealings for Ankleshwar, Vapi, Surat, Valsad, and our trucks run on the road. But now with this ferry, our trucks can easily load in the ship, drivers can get rest, trucks, and toll tax also are going to be additional benefits to us, our business will boost up.”
Shipping Minister Mandaviya has also more schemes for Ghogha-Hazira Ro-Pax ferry service. He said that “in forthcoming days one more Ro-Pax vessel will be added in this service, and it will be a high-speed ship, hence time consumption further can reduce”.
Chairman of Indigo Seaways Pvt. Ltd., Mr.Chetan Contractor said that “we are keen to add one more ship in ferry service, very soon we will introduce the latest ship with more facilities for Trucks, Cars and passengers.”