Modi to flag off Ro-Pax ferry service between Hazira and Ghogha on Sunday
Ahmedabad, November 7, 2020
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Ro-Pax terminal at Hazira and flag off the Ro-Pax service between Hazira and Ghogha in Gujarat on Sunday via video conferencing.
"This marks a big step towards the Prime Minister’s vision of harnessing waterways and integrating them with the economic development of the country," an official press release said.
The Prime Minister will also interact with local users of the service during the event. The Union Minister of State for Shipping and the Chief Minister of Gujarat will also be present on the occasion.
The Ro-Pax Terminal being inaugurated at Hazira is of 100 metres length and 40 metres width, with cost implications of approximatey Rs 25 crore. The terminal has wide ranging facilities including administrative office building, parking area, sub-station and water tower, and so on.
The Ro-Pax ferry vessel "Voyage Symphony" is a three-deck vessel with DWT 2500-2700 MT, with displacement of 12000 to 15000 GT. It has a load capacity of 30 trucks (of 50 MT each) on the main deck, 100 passengers cars on the upper deck and 500 passengers plus 34 crew and hospitality staff on the passenger deck.
According to the release, the ferry service will work as a gateway to South Gujarat and Saurashtra region. It will reduce the distance between Ghogha and Hazira from 370 km to 90 km.
The reduced cargo travel time from 10 to 12 hours to about 4 hours will result in huge savings of fuel (approximately 9000 litres per day) and lower the maintenance cost of vehicles drastically. The ferry service, while making 3 round trips/day on the Hazira-Ghogha route, would annually transport about 5 lakh passengers, 80,000 passenger vehicles, 50,000 two-wheelers and 30,000 trucks.
"It will reduce fatigue of the truck drivers and enhance their incomes by giving them more opportunity to do extra trips. It will also lead to reduction in CO2 emission by approximately 24 MT per day and net saving of approximately 8653 MT per annum. It will give an impetus to the tourism industry with ease of access to Saurashtra region and lead to creation of new job opportunities.
"With the onset of ferry services, the port sector, furniture and fertilizer industries in Saurashtra and Kutch region will get a big boost. Eco-tourism and religious-tourism in Gujarat, especially in Porbandar, Somnath, Dwarka and Palitana will grow exponentially. The benefits of enhanced connectivity through this ferry service will also result in increased inflow of tourists in the famous Asiatic lion wildlife sanctuary at Gir," the release added.