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PM launches South Asia’s first Ro-Ro ferry service in Gujarat

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated first phase of Ro-Ro (roll-on, roll-off) ferry service between Ghogha in Bhavnagar district and Dahej in Bharuch district in the Gulf of Cambay, Gujarat. It is South Asia’s first world class Ro-Ro ferry service.

Key Facts

The Ro-Ro ferry services are vessels made to carry wheeled cargo (such as cars, trucks, semi-trailer trucks, trailers, and railroad cars) that are driven on and off ferry on their own wheels or using a platform vehicle. It is opposite of lift-on and lift-off (lo-lo) vessels which uses crane to load and unload cargo.

The first of its kind Ro-Ro ferry in India will be able to carry up to 100 vehicles and 250 passengers between the two ports. It will reduce the distance between Ghogha in Saurashtra and Dahej is South Gujrat from 310 kilometres by road to 30 kilometres. Besides, it will also reduce seven to eight hours of travel time to link Saurashtra with South Gujarat to one hour.

Benefits

The ferry service will save travel time and fuel and reduce pressure on congested roads. ‎It will promote regional trade and business and prove to be game-changer for transportation of goods and passengers. ‎It will provide at least one crore jobs in the next 4-5 years. ‎It will give a boost to the local economy.

Background

‎Ro-Ro ferry is a small part of Sagarmala project of Central Government that aims to promote port-led development in the country by harnessing India’s 7,500-km long coastline, 14,500-km of potentially navigable waterways and strategic location on key international maritime trade routes.

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Prime Minister dedicated first All India Institute of Ayurveda to nation

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on dedicated first All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA) in New Delhi to the nation on the occasion of National Ayurveda Day observed on the occasion of Dhanwantari Jayanti (17 October 2017).

Prime Minister also released Ayurvedic Standard Treatment Guidelines framed by Ministry of AYUSH. He also presented Yoga Award to Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute, Pune which was announced on the occasion of International Day of Yoga

All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA)

The first ever AIIA is an apex institute under Ministry of AYUSH. It aims to bring synergy between the traditional wisdom of Ayurveda and modern diagnostic tools and technology. It has been set up on lines of AIIMS.  It is NABH (National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers) Accredited Hospital and an Academic Block. It has been set up with a total campus area of 10.015 acres in New Delhi.

The hospital block of the AIIA will provide Out Patient Services along with free medicines. The hospital block has clinical specialties such as Musculoskeletal Care Unit, Diabetes; Metabolic Disorders Care Unit, Neurological Disease Care Unit, Yoga, Panchakarma Clinic, Kriya Kalpa, Diabetic Retinopathy Clinic, Kshara Evum Anushastra Karma and Infertility Clinic. It also has pathology, microbiology, biochemistry and radiology laboratories and diagnosis facilities The indoor patient department of AIIA has provision for 200 beds.

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