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PM Modi launches ‘Ro-Ro’ ferry service in Gujrat
• The Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the first phase of India’s first Ro-Ro (roll-on, roll-off) ferry service between Ghogha in Bhavnagar district and Dahej in Bharuch in the Gulf of Cambay.
• The Prime Minister inaugurated Phase 1, which is passenger movement and will also enable the movement of vehicles once it will be fully operationalized.
• The ferry service reduced the distance between Ghogha in Saurashtra and Dahej is South Gujrat from 310 kilometres by road to 30 kilometres. • The seven to eight hours of travel time to link Saurashtra with South Gujarat got reduced to one hour.
• It is the South Asia's first world class Ro-Ro ferry service.
What is Ro-Ro ferry service?
• The Ro-Ro ferry services are vessels made to carry wheeled cargo that are driven on and off the ferry on their own wheels or using a platform vehicle. • The ferry (the first of its kind in India) will be able to carry up to 100 vehicles and 250 passengers between the two ports.
• The wheeled cargo includes, cars, trucks, semi-trailer trucks, trailers, and railroad cars.
(Transporters and travellers could reach Ghogha port, drive their vehicles inside a Ro-Ro ferry and reach Dahej.)
• This is in opposite to the lift-on and lift-off (lo-lo) vessels, which use a crane to load and unload cargo.
• Ro-Ro ferry is a small part of Sagarmala project of Central Government.
(The Sagarmala programme aims to promote port-led development in the country by harnessing India's 7,500-km long coastline, 14,500-km of potentially navigable waterways and strategic location on key international maritime trade routes.) Benefits
• The ferry service will save travel time and fuel and clear congested roads.
• It will promote regional trade and business and will prove to be a game-changer for transportation of goods and passengers.
• It will provide at least one crore jobs in the next 4-5 years.
• It will give a boost to the economy.
• The Ro-Ro service will be extended to other locations across the Gulf of Khambat and Gulf of Kutch. • There are also ambitious pl