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PM Modi inaugurates Ro-Pax ferry service between Hazira & Ghogha


Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday virtually inaugurated the Ro-Pax ferry service between Hazira in Surat and Ghogha in Bhavnagar. The new service will bring down the 370-km distance between the two places by road to just 60 km by sea route.

The Ro-Pax ferry will not just accommodate passengers, but will also accommodate vehicles.

Capacity & fare of Ro-Pax ferry service

The Ro-Pax ferry can transport up to 550 passengers, 30 trucks, seven smaller trucks, and 100 two-wheelers in one trip. It will be an all-weather service which will operate all 12 months irrespective of the weather conditions and high tide.

The fare for one passenger for the Ro-Pax service between Hazira and Ghogha will be Rs 600 for general class, Rs 800 for executive class, Rs 1,200 for car and Rs 350 for a motorbike.

Similarly, the fare will be Rs 7,500 for a truck weighing more than 36 metric-ton, Rs 5,000 for a bus and Rs 4,000 for a tempo traveller.

Gujarat accounts for 40% of India’s trade through sea in 2019

During the inauguration, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Gujarat accounted for over 40 per cent share of the country’s entire trade through sea route last year.

PM Modi said: “Work is on at a fast pace to create infrastructure and capacity building for sea routes, like maritime clusters and maritime university, as well as the world’s first CNG Terminal in Bhavnagar.”

The prime minister added that Gujarat Maritime Cluster coming up in GIFT City at Gandhinagar will be a dedicated system to address logistics of ports and seaways. He said that it will help in the value addition of the sector.

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India’s first chemical and LNG Terminal was constructed at Dahej in Gujarat, he said, adding that a ”Ro-Ro (roll-on roll-off) terminal, a liquid cargo terminal and a container terminal are being set up in Bhavnagar.”

“The new terminals will increase Bhavnagar’s port capacity by many times,” he said.

The government is trying to restart the ferry service between Ghogha and Dahej that was launched in 2017 but stopped due to natural reasons, PM Modi said.

Ministry of Shipping renamed

PM Modi on Sunday renamed the Ministry of Shipping as the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways.

He said: “Work is being done so that the country’s sea area emerges as an important part of ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’. To boost the government’s effort, one more big step is being taken. Now, the Ministry of Shipping is being renamed as the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways.”

“It (the ministry) is being expanded. In developed economies, in most places, the shipping ministry also takes care of ports and waterways. In India, the shipping ministry does a lot of work-related to port and waterways. The clarity in the name will also bring about clarity in work.”


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