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Stating that the industries should not be located far from the coastal areas, Modi said, "Ro-ro ferry service will give a big boost to coastal shipping and tourism".

He also defended the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and said that it has ushered a new culture of business in the country. He said the fundamentals of Indian economy is strong and on the right track.

Mr Modi will inaugurate the first phase of the 615 crore rupees Roll-on Roll-off (Ro Ro) ferry service between Ghogha in Bhavnagar district and Dahej in Bharuch in the Gulf of Cambay.

The seven to eight hours of travel time between Ghogha in Saurashtra, and Dahej in South Gujarat will reduce to one hour after the ferry service begins.

The prime minister had called the ferry service his "dream project" while addressing a gathering at Gandhinagar on Monday. Ferry service is a first of sorts, not only in India but also in southeast Asia.

The ferry service would now reduce the travel distance between Saurashtra and South Gujarat from 360 km to 31 km, saving five hours in travel time and money for people frequently travelling between these two regions.

10- In the final phase, the ferries would also have facility to carry trucks between the two regions. "Many important projects in the state stalled".

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He was reacting on Prime Minister Modi's statement earlier in the day in Gujarat that he had to face the hostility of the Centre when he was the Chief Minister of Gujarat in 2012.

The PM indicated to extend the ferry service up to Hazira port near Surat. He further stated that BJP can not succeed by functioning in the name of a single person, "In how many states will Prime Minister Modi's face work?" People are having issues on my visit to Vadodara.

Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said, "It's (Modi government) a government of excuses, by excuses, for excuses, and for excuses".

This was the PM's third visit to his home state this month where the BJP is investing huge resources to retain power in the coming assembly elections. They have problems on my visit to Gujarat.

Urging people to take the pledge of developing Uttarakhand as an organic state, Modi also said, "We are building modern infrastructure in Kedarnath but the traditional soul will be preserved and will ensure environment laws not flouted".

People from different States had perished and he could not stop himself from rushing to the State after the disaster, he said.

Gujarat is witnessing high voltage political activities as it has to go for polls by the end of this year.

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