Our Vision is Ports For Prosperity, Focus on Blue Economy, Says Narendra Modi in Gujarat
Ahmedabad, Oct 22: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday reached Dahej aboard RO-RO ferry from Ghogha and addressed a gathering there. Our mantra is P for P – Ports for Prosperity, Modi said in Dahej while pitching for the better ports and more ports for the development and growth of India. This is PM Modi’s third visit to Gujarat this month. Gujarat Assembly Elections 2017 will be held this year before December, as claimed by the Election Commission recently.
Taking his address further, the Prime Minister said that the focus of the government is on the blue economy which it sees as an integral part of the vision of new India. He also spoke about developing the ports infrastructure and said that proper connectivity is required for the proper economic development of the nation.
He also defended the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and said that it has ushered a new culture of business in the country. Speaking on demonetisation, the PM said that the step helped in kick-starting initiatives like Swachchata Abhiyaan.
From Dahej, the PM will head to Vadodara, where he will dedicate to the nation, the Vadodara City Command Control Centre, the Waghodiya Regional Water Supply Scheme, and the New Head Office Building of the Bank of Baroda.
Earlier in the day, the Prime Minister had launched his dream project ‘Roll on, Roll off’ ferry services in Gogha district of Gujarat. The PM termed it as ‘one of its kind’ project in not only India but in South Asia too. The ferry service will reduce the distance between Gogha and Dahej from 310 kms to 30 kms.
Ro-Ro Ferry project is partly funded by the central government’s Sagarmala initiative. It would also ease congestion on the state highway circumnavigating the gulf. The terminals at Dahej and Ghogha will provide berth accommodation for ferries, facilities for loading and unloading of vehicles and passengers and administrative facilities.