New Delhi, November 8: Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off the Ro-Pax ferry service between Hazira and Ghogha in Gujarat through video conferencing on Sunday. He also inaugurated the Ro-Pax terminal at Hazira. The Ro-Pax ferry service between Hazira and Ghogha is an addition to PM Narendra Modi's vision of utilising waterways for transportation of goods and people. Girnar Ropeway Inaugurated by PM Narendra Modi; Ticket Fare, Capacity And Other Things to Know About 'Longest' Cable Car to Temple in Gujarat.
"The government's effort is to restart the ferry service between Ghogha-Dahej too soon. Many challenges related to nature have arisen in front of this project. Efforts are being made to overcome these challenges through modern technology," PM Modi said at the inaugural ceremony. Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani was also present. Video of MS Braemar Cruising Narrow Canal in Greece Passed off As That of Ro-Ro Ferry Service Between Bhavnagar And Bharuch; Here's The Complete Truth About The Viral Footage.
'Voyage Symphony', a three decks vessel with DWT 2,500-2,700 MT, will be used for the Ro-Pax ferry service between Hazira and Ghogha. According to the government, the vessel can carry 30 trucks (of 50 MT each) on the main deck, 100 passenger cars on the upper deck and 500 passengers plus 34 crew and hospitality staff on the passenger deck.
All You Need to Know About Ro-Pax Ferry Service Between Hazira and Ghogha:
The road distance between Hazira and Ghogha is 370 kilometres. The Ro-Pax ferry service will reduce the distance between the two places from 370 km to just 90 km.
The Ro-Pax ferry service will make three round trips every day on the Hazira-Ghogha route.
The ferry service aims to transport about five lakh passengers, 80,000 passenger vehicles, 50,000 two-wheelers and 30,000 trucks annually.
The Ro-Pax ferry service will reduce cargo travel time from 10 to 12 hours to about four hours.
Besides saving time, the ferry service will help in huge savings of fuel which is estimated to be around 9,000 litres per day.
The ferry service will reduce Carbon dioxide emission by approximately 24 MT per day, meaning a net saving of approximately 8,653 MT per annum.
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The Ro-Pax terminal, about 100 metres in length and 40 metres in width, has cost approximately Rs 25 crore. The terminal has an administrative office building, a parking area, substation and water tower among other facilities.