Long wait for Ro-Ro ferry service continues
Bhavnagar: Five and half years had already passed for the Ghogha-Dahej Ro Ro Ferry service deficit, yet the project is still awaited for the final completion. As a result, the new dead line till the end of September was again decided. People are still waiting for this service to start.
The distance between Ghogha and Dahej via Gulf of Khambhat is only 17 nautical, hence it was planned to connect by the aspiring Ro Ro Ferry Service project. On 25th January 2012, Prime Minister Narendra Modi performed the deficit of the project. At that time, 15 month time was estimated for the completion of the project.
From the sources, the information obtained is that only 8% of the work is left on this project as 92% of the works is already completed, which is actually very difficult to accomplish. The linking span weight 900 ton is only left to be suspended on both the end in floating condition in the sea. Two unsuccessful trials were already made in last Aril and May. Hence, in the coming days with the help of modern technology again the operation of suspension will be conducted.
The barge of Singapore Company reached India from Dubai to suspend the link in the sea with the help of a crane. The barge had already reached Pipvav, but waiting for the customs clearance and the approval from Central Government Home Ministry.
On one hand, the dredging work is carried out at Ghogha end so that enough water draft can be obtained for the suspension of the vessel. On another hand, the discussion about the selection of Ferry’s vessel is ongoing with the operators.