Here are the live updates from PM Narendra Modi's third visit to Gujarat this month:
- The scale of development works being inaugurated in Vadodara today is unprecedented
- We are clear in our working. All our resources will be spent towards the wellbeing of every citizen. Our priority is development
- If you scan the newspapers before May 2014 you will see continuous mentions about the record corruption in various sectors
"Without proper connectivity, the economic development of a nation slows down. Keeping this in mind we are focussing on ports infrastructure," PM Modi said in Dahej after taking a ride in the Ro-Ro ferry that he inaugurated in Ghogha in Gujarat. "Our focus is on the blue economy. We see the blue economy as integral to our vision of a new India. Our vision is ports for prosperity. India needs better ports and more ports," the Prime Minister said.
"We can fulfil the dream of new India... everyone saw the importance of strengthening hydro power. We have moved a step towards fulfilling their dreams. This ferry will bring people closer," Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in Dahej. He came there by the Ro-Ro ferry after inaugurating the route in Ghogha.
PM Modi addresses a gathering in Dahej, Gujarat.
After inaugurating the Ro-Ro ferry in Ghogha in Gujarat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi takes a ride on the ferry to Dahej.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches the Ghogha-Dahej Ro-Ro ferry service with a remote control. He will then address a gathering in Dahej after taking the ferry from Ghogha.
"This ferry service will not be restricted to this one route. We are planning to link other places also through ferries," Prime Minister Narendra Modi said before inaugurating the Ghogha-Dahej Ro-Ro ferry service.
"Sadly, our transport sector was not integrated enough. We have changed that in the last three years. The goal is to make our transport sector integrated and state-of-the-art," PM Modi said.
"When I was serving as chief minister, I faced hostility from the then central government. Efforts were made to stall industries and the state's (Gujarat's) growth. Over the last three years we have changed that and given importance to the development of Gujarat," Prime Minister Narendra Modi said. PM Modi is visiting Gujarat for the third time this month. The Election Commission has not yet announced the dates for the assembly elections in Gujarat. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been in power for the last two decades in Gujarat.
"Imagine how much time and petrol this ferry service will save. This ferry service connects Saurashtra and south Gujarat," Prime Minister Narendra Modi said. He said traffic will eventually depend on the Ghogha-Dahej ferry which will improve connectivity with cities like Delhi and Mumbai. "Gujarat is blessed with a long coastline and we should harness opportunities arising due to this. We took steps in developing coastal infrastructure," PM Modi said.
"The ferry service is a first of sorts. It's a dream come true for people of Gujarat," Prime Minister Narendra Modi said. "I am also here with regard to a project in dairy sector, a sector to which we have given immense importance over the last two decades. I urge people to explore opportunities in animal husbandry," PM Modi said.
"The history of human civilisation illustrates the vitality of rivers and maritime trade. Gujarat is the land of Lothal. How can we forget these aspects of our history? This programme is to bring back to life our glorious past, connect Saurashtra and south Gujarat," PM Modi said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who arrived in Gujarat's Ghogha to launch the roll-on, roll-off or Ro-Ro ferry service, said he is happy to be in the state to personally convey New Year greetings just after Diwali.
"This programme may be for a ferry between Ghogha and Dahej but this programme is of vital importance for the entire nation," PM Modi said. He will take the ferry from Ghogha to Dahej, from where he will go to Vadodara to lay the foundation stone of a couple of projects worth crores of rupees.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Bhavnagar in Gujarat, where he was received by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel.
PM Modi will inaugurate the first phase of the ferry service between Ghogha in Bhavnagar and Dahej in Bharuch. He will then go to Vadodara to lay the foundation stones of several projects worth crores of rupees.
The roll-on, roll-off or Ro-Ro ferry service between Ghogha in Bhavnagar district and Dahej in Bharuch district of Gujarat will reduce travel time.
Officials have said the ferry can take up to 250 passengers. Ro-Ro vessels are usually meant to carry goods vehicles or other wheeled machines, hence the roll-on, roll-off moniker since vehicles will have to be driven onto the vessel.
Minister of State for Shipping Mansukh Mandaviya said he has reviewed preparation of the inauguration function of the Ghogha-Dahej Ro-Ro (roll on, roll off) ferry service ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Gujarat. "Today, PM @narendramodi ji will inaugurate India's 1st Ro-Ro ferry service between Ghogha in Saurashtra to Dahej in South Gujarat," Mr Mandaviya tweeted.
Minister of State for Shipping Mansukh Mandaviya stands in front of the Island Jade which will travel from Ghogha to Dahej in south Gujarat.
"Will be on a day long Gujarat visit where key development programmes would be launched," Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted. He said the Ghogha-Dahej ferry service will reduce travel time and also enable better movement of vehicles as road traffic will ease if more people move to the ferry service.
"At a public meeting in Ghogha, shall inaugurate Sarvottam Cattle Feed Plant of Shree Bhavnagar District Cooperative Milk Producers Union Ltd in Vadodara," PM Modi tweeted. "...The foundation stone of several development projects pertaining to transport, housing and water supply would be laid in Vadodara," he tweeted.
In Vadodara, I will dedicate to the nation the Vadodara City Command Control Centre & Waghodiya Regional Water Supply Scheme.- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 22, 2017
Vadodara Municipal Commissioner Vinod Rao has said Prime Minister Narendra Modi will dedicate to the people a Rs 100 crore city command and control centre in Badamadi Garden, Rs 125 crore Janmahal city transport hub and a multi-level parking lot, a Rs 160 crore multi-modal city transport hub, and a Rs 267 crore waste-to-energy processing plant, news agency PTI reported.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had laid the foundation stone for the Ghogha-Dahej ferry service project in January 2012 when he was the Chief Minister of Gujarat. In Vadodara, PM Modi will inaugurate eight projects worth Rs 1,140 crore. PM Modi last visited Vadodara on October 22 last year to inaugurate an airport terminal building and distribute assistance devices to differently abled people, according to news agency PTI.
The ferry service across the Gulf of Cambay, which will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi today, will reduce the time taken to reach Dahej from Ghogha to just one hour. Currently, people have to travel 360 km around the gulf by road, a journey that takes up to seven hours.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Ghogha-Dahej ferry service in Gujarat today. PM Modi has said the Ghogha-Dahej ferry service is his "dream project". The ferry service will boost connectivity and infrastructure in Gujarat, say experts. The Prime Minister is visiting Gujarat for the third time this month. The Election Commission is yet to announce the dates for the assembly elections in Gujarat.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the first phase of the Rs 615 crore ferry service between Ghogha and Dahej in Gujarat