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Gujarat to get India’s first roll on-roll off passenger ferry service

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Gujarat’s Dahej is all set to get India’s first roll on-roll off (Ro-Ro) vessel passenger ferry services around April 2017. The Rs 550 crore project being executed by theGujarat Maritime Board (GMB) is expected to bring down travel time between Saurashtra region in Gujarat with its Southern parts significantly.

At present travelling from Ghoga in Saurashtra to Dahej in South Gujarat takes around 10-12 hours for trucks and buses, and even by cars it is not less than 6-8 hours. Once the Ro-Ro ferry service commences, this time would be dramatically shortened to one and a half hours.

Speaking about the project A K Rakesh, vice chairman and managing director of GMB said, “Ro-Ro passenger ferries are common in European countries, however, this is the first such project in India, or for that matter South Asia.” Work on building the on-shore and off-shore terminals at Dahej and Ghoga are on, together with approach vessels, link span and pontoons.

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