Ro-Ro Ferry Serivce at Gogha - foundation stone laid by CM

Published By : Admin | January 25, 2012 | 09:27 IST
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Gujarat Chief Minister at Bhavnagar on eve of state-level Republic Day function

Narendra Modi lays stone for Rs. 296-cr Ghogha-Dahej Ro-Ro service across Gulf of Cambay

Four-lane Bhavnagar-Bagodara Highway and 500 MW lignite-based power plant at Ghogha to be completed on time

Ahmadabad, Wednesday: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi today laid the foundation stone of Rs.296-crore Ghogha-Dahej Ro-Ro service across the Gulf of Cambay and performed ground-breaking ceremony of Ghogha terminal in Bhavnagar district. The two terminals at Ghogha and Dahej will be completed in 15 months.

The vessel can ferry up to 1,000 passengers, besides 100 vehicles and containers, to cover 22 nautical miles (31-km). Distance between two through land route is 360 km.

Mr. Modi, who arrived at Bhavnagar a day ahead of the state-level Republic Day function being held on Thursday, announced a slew of projects for the region. They include converting Bhavnagar-Bagodara Highway into four-lane at a cost of Rs.1,020-crore and setting up lignite-based 500 MW power plant in Ghogha taluka at a cost of Rs.3,750-crore. The lignite mining is being taken up by Gujarat Mineral Development Corporation (GMDC).

Speaking on the occasion, he said that he has been hearing about the feasibility of Ghogha-Dahej Ro-Ro ferry service on sea-route since his childhood for the last 40-45 years, which now would come true soon. He said the feasibility of starting similar ferry service between Pipavav-Hazira and Mundra-Mandvi up to Mumbai-Goa and even Dubai would be studied.

After the completion Kalpsar dam-cum-tidal power project across the Gulf of Cambay, he said that Bhavnagar would be nearer still to Mumbai. He said that Dholera Special Investment Region (SIR) is proposed to be bigger than Shanghai. These projects would entail faster development of Saurashtra and particularly the Bhal region, combining the rich cultural heritage of the region.

Minster of State Parsottam Solanki said the shipbuilding industry around Bhavnagar is on the anvil as well as developing the fishery industry along the state’s long coast.

Prominent among those present on the occasion included Minister of State for Energy and District Guardian Minister Saurabh Patel, MP Rajendrasinh Rana, MLAs Vibhavariben Dave and Mahendrasinh Sarvaiya, Bhavnagar Area Development Board Chairman Amoh Shah, Pavitra Yatradham Vikas Board Chairman Mahendrabhai Trivedi, BJP State Secretary Jeetu Vaghani, former mayor Mehul Vadodaria, Additional Chief Secretary (Ports) B. K. Sinha, Gujarat Maritime Board Vice-Chairman and CEO Pankaj Kumar, Essar Project President and CEO Alwyn Bowden and other officials,.

As part of the state-level Republic Day function being held in Bhavnagar this year, the Chief Minister flagged off six rallies. They were for ‘Anti-Malnutrition’, Swami Vivekanand’s 150th birth anniversary year-long celebration, 150th birth anniversary of Sir Prajashankar Pattani, 100th birth anniversary of Maharaja Krishnakumarsinhji, 101st birth anniversaries of Prahlad Parekh and Krishnalal Shridharani.

Nearly 40,000 people, including students, NCC cadets, ICDS employees, Bochasanwasi Aksharpurushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha took part in the rallies, which concluded at University Ground, Muktalakshmi High School, Neelambag Circle, Motibag Maidan, A.V. School Maidan and Bhavnagar University.

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Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi led India’s participation at the 14th BRICS Summit, convened under the Chairship of President Xi Jinping of China on 23-24 June 2022, in a virtual format. President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil, President Vladimir Putin of Russia, and President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa also participated in the Summit on 23 June. The High-level Dialogue on Global Development, non-BRICS engagement segment of the Summit, was held on 24 June.

On 23 June, the leaders held discussions including in fields of Counter-Terrorism, Trade, Health, Traditional Medicine, Environment, Science, Technology & Innovation, Agriculture, Technical and Vocational Education & Training, and also key issues in the global context, including the reform of the multilateral system, COVID-19 pandemic, global economic recovery, amongst others. Prime Minister called for strengthening of the BRICS Identity and proposed establishment of Online Database for BRICS documents, BRICS Railways Research Network, and strengthening cooperation between MSMEs. India will be organizing BRICS Startup event this year to strengthen connection between Startups in BRICS countries. Prime Minister also noted that as BRICS members we should understand security concerns of each other and provide mutual support in designation of terrorists and this sensitive issue should not be politicized. At the conclusion of the Summit, BRICS Leaders adopted the ‘Beijing Declaration’.

On 24 June, Prime Minister highlighted India’s development partnership with Africa, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, and from Pacific to Caribbean; India’s focus on a free, open, inclusive, and rules-based maritime space; respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity of all nations from the Indian Ocean Region to Pacific Ocean; and reform of multilateral system as large parts of Asia and all of Africa and Latin America have no voice in global decision-making. Prime Minister noted the importance of circular economy and invited citizens of participating countries to join Lifestyle for Environment (LIFE) campaign. The participating guest countries were Algeria, Argentina, Cambodia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Fiji, Indonesia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Senegal, Thailand and Uzbekistan.

Earlier, in the keynote speech delivered at the Opening Ceremony of BRICS Business Forum on 22 June, Prime Minister appreciated BRICS Business Council and BRICS Women Business Alliance which continued their work despite COVID-19 Pandemic. Prime Minister also suggested the BRICS business community to further cooperate in field of technology-based solutions for social and economic challenges, Startups, and MSMEs.