By Roy Daniels, Sr. Correspondent, Edited By Adam Rizvi, TIO: Mr. Modi in Ghogha, Gujarat. “Today a priceless gift is going to all of India, from Ghoga. Today, the first phase of the Ro-Ro ferry service between Ghogha and Dahej is being launched. In India, this is the first project of its kind. In fact, no one in South East Asia has built such a big project.” This is a blatant lie, so blatant that the prime minister obviously believes the people of Gujarat and of India to be fools. Either that or this man is the least informed leader of any nation in the last 100 years.
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Ro Ros (Roll on and Roll off) have been in operation in Assam and Goa for some time now and in Kochi, Shankar s. from Dubai, United Arab Emirates posted this in April 2016. “As the junkar or jhankar (ro-ro ferry boat) Cochin Service IV moves away on her short trip across the bay to Vypeen Island, a lady on board (next to the car) eyes me suspiciously as I take shot after shot of the boat with my DSLR camera. The service is pretty heavily subscribed, possibly more so nowadays due to the total traffic chaos inside Cochin city due to the ongoing construction of the metro railway.”
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The more primitive Ro Ros has been in operation for decades. I remember my father used to drive the family on holidays from Bombay to Kumbanad, Kerala, more than 50 years ago, and we often had to get the car ferried across small rivers… Meanwhile, Scroll.in tells us, “The Cochin Shipyard in June delivered two Ro-Ro vessels to the Kochi Corporation, which had hoped to use them between Fort Kochi and Vypeen islands and the mainland. The Andaman & Nicobar islands and Goa also have car ferry services…”
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“As for the Asian neighborhood, there are plenty of examples of Ro-Ro services operating – in Bangladesh, in the Philippines and a particularly ambitious one between the Philippines and Indonesia…” With their rivers, I’m sure Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand have some.
And, more lies, “But there is an additional caveat, Modi only inaugurated the first phase of the Ro-Ro project between Ghogha and Dahej. In this phase, only passengers can travel between Ghogha and Dahej, meaning the central feature of a Ro-Ro project – allowing cars and trucks to go across on the ferry – is not available.”
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